ORLANDO (CBSMiami) – The NCAA is not in a good mood lately and the latest school to feel its wrath is the University of Central Florida.
The NCAA pounded UCF Tuesday morning after an investigation into the school’s men’s basketball and football program revealed major recruiting infractions.
Specifically, UCF received a one-year bowl ban and a one-year men’s basketball tournament ban from the NCAA. That also prohibits the Knights from playing in the Conference USA tournament and will not be eligible to play in the Conference USA football championship game.
UCF had been projected as a favorite to win the C-USA eastern division crown, but now is ineligible despite the team’s record this year.
The school also received other sanctions under the various violations which included a lack of institutional control. The other sanctions include, according to ESPN.com:
- Five-years probation for the school
- Scholarship limits in football and basketball that were already self-imposed.
- $50,000 penalty.
- A three-year show cause penalty for men’s coach Donnie Jones, meaning that any school wanting to hire him will have to show he attended a regional rules seminar.
- A three-year show cause penalty for former athletic director Keith Tribble and he can’t contact by phone or in person any prospective recruit.