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Central Florida received a one-year bowl ban and a one-year men's basketball tournament ban from the NCAA because of recruiting violations in the two programs, the NCAA's committee on infractions announced Tuesday.
The COI said this case showed the involvement of outside third-parties with prospects and student-athletes in football and men's basketball. The third-parties, termed runners, have been infiltrating the process and this was an attempt by the NCAA to levy penalties dealing with such a case.
"What was troubling is that the Central Florida staff members knew and encouraged it during the recruiting process," said Greg Sankey, a member of the COI and the COO of the SEC. Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, who is a member of the COI, was not involved in this case because of a conflict of interest. UCF went in front of the COI in April in Indianapolis.
Central Florida's football team went 5-7 (3-5 C-USA) last season. The Knights' season will end Saturday, Nov. 24, against UAB. The Knights were a projected favorite to win the C-USA East Division but now aren't eligible for the C-USA championship game. Seniors on the football team would also be able to leave immediately and transfer without having to sit out a year because of a longstanding NCAA rule.
UCF will join the Big East in 2013.