University of Central Florida President Dr. John Hitt published a letter on UCF's official website to announce that the school was appealing the one-year postseason ban on the football team. In the letter, Hitt explains his reasoning for appealing the postseason ban for that sport and not the basketball team.
We accepted the one-year postseason ban for men's basketball because the facts supported that penalty. But in assigning the postseason ban for football, the NCAA report went beyond what was supported by the facts.
UCF has asked the NCAA to rule quickly on this appeal so that they will be able to get a sense of closure to this situation. Hitt says that if the NCAA rejects the appeal, they will accept the final ruling and work hard with new athletic director Todd Stansbury to make UCF "a national model for compliance."
Central Florida plays their first game of the football season against the Akron Zips on August 30, so NCAA could be under pressure to make this ruling within the next two weeks.
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