UCF Postseason Ban: Penalty Will Not Affect Big East Debut in 2013

On Tuesday morning, the NCAA issued its penalty for two high-major violations at Central Florida.

The football program will receive a one-year bowl ban, while the men’s basketball team will not be eligible to play in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

In addition, Conference USA members told Central Florida that if the NCAA did prohibit the team from participating in the Big Dance, that the league would also prevent the Golden Knights from playing in the Conference USA Tournament.

Long story, short: UCF has played in its final C-USA Tournament, as they prepare to depart to the Big East in 2013.

Despite the NCAA penalties, the good news for Central Florida fans is simply the fact that their punishment will be completed by the time they make their conference switch.

While the football program was one of the projected favorites heading into the fall season, the men’s basketball program also had the potential at success in the school’s final year in Conference USA.

After a 22-11 season overall, the Knights are expected to return seniors Keith Clanton and Marcus Jordan, but now the attention may quickly shift to each of their eligibility, should either be interested in transferring. As they will both be seniors, both Clanton and Jordan, the team’s top two returning scorers, may be eligible immediately should they opt to pursue that option.

Other NCAA penalties also stemmed from the investigation, including a five-year probation for the university.

The UCF postseason ban was decided upon dating back to the school’s connection with both Ken Caldwell and Brandon Bender, who each tried to help get players to attend the school.

The situation under question included six men’s basketball and five football prospects.

 

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