It's official: UCF bowl eligible for 2013

UCF announced Monday it had successfully won its appeal of a one-year football postseason ban, allowing the Knights to be bowl eligible for 2013.

Here is more from the school's release:

"We are pleased with this ruling and applaud the NCAA for handling our appeal with care, competency and professionalism," UCF President John C. Hitt said. “Our football program looks forward to competing for an American Athletic Conference championship and a bowl berth."

In July 2012, the NCAA announced penalties for past violations that occurred in UCF’s football and men's basketball programs. The university accepted all of the penalties except for one: a one-year postseason football ban.

In its report about the appeal, the NCAA wrote "the penalty in question was based in significant part on irrelevant factors resulting in an abuse of discretion" by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

"I think it was great news for UCF, the UCF football program and the fan base with the appeal committee reversing the decision on the postseason ban,” head coach George O’Leary said. "President Hitt decided to appeal this ban and I’m glad for UCF and the football program that it turned out in our favor."