Mar 9, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; UCF Knights head coach Donnie Jones in the game against the Memphis Tigers during the second half of the semi finals of the Conference USA Tournament at the FedEx Forum. The Memphis Tigers defeated the UCF Knights 83-52. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
The NCAA has hit Central Florida with a one-year postseason ban in football and men's basketball due to the relationship between several of its coaches and sports agency representative Ken Caldwell.
The NCAA has handed Central Florida a one-year postseason ban in football and men’s basketball. ESPN.com’s Andy Katz first reported the news on Twitter.
UCF was punished by the NCAA due to the relationship between several of its coaches and sports agency representative Ken Caldwell, who acted as a middle man between recruits and agents while simultaneously acting as a representative of the university and pushing recruits towards UCF. In addition to having connections to professional agents, Caldwell is a twice-convicted criminal.
Central Florida's troubles began in August 2011 when a New York Times story brought to light many of the issues that ultimately led to these sanctions. The NCAA began its investigation last August, and UCF athletic director Keith Tribble resigned in November after being accused of providing misleading information.
In February, Central Florida notified the NCAA of several self-imposed penalties, none of which included postseason bans.
Because of the postseason ban, star basketball player Keith Clanton, a senior, can now transfer without sitting out a season. The 6'9 forward averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season.
Central Florida was expected to compete for a Conference USA title and a postseason berth in both sports in 2012-13.
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