Reports: Central Florida receives postseason bans in football, men’s basketball
Central Florida will receive one-year postseason bans in football and men’s basketball, among other penalties, when the NCAA announces its punishment later Tuesday. ESPN.com’s Andy Katz first reported the news on Twitter.
If there is any confusion from 1st tweet. It is one-year postseason ban for both football and men's basketball. Will send link when posted.—
Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) July 31, 2012
Source: NCAA will accept UCF self penalties & add postseason bans in football/basketball + cash fine. Also scholly reductions/10-1 penalties—
Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 31, 2012
The Knights were expected to contend for Conference USA titles in both sports this season, making the postseason bans even more significant for the school.
The NCAA began investigating Central Florida last August over alleged recruiting done by a man tied to an agent. The school’s athletic director Keith Tribble resigned in November after the NCAA accused him of providing misleading information. A New York Times article from April 2011 brought to light many of the characters and alleged recruiting practices that ultimately led to the sanctions.
As Katz reported on Twitter, Central Florida’s star basketball player Keith Clanton, a senior, can now transfer without sitting out a season. The 6-9 forward averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season. Although it is too soon to know whether he would consider leaving the school, it’s likely other teams would be interested in acquiring Clanton.