Reports: UCF wins appeal with NCAA

Blake Bortles and UCF can go to a bowl this fall. (USATSI)
Blake Bortles and UCF can go to a bowl this fall. (USATSI)

It's rare that a school wins an appeal with the NCAA, but sources have confirmed to Bruce Feldman and Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com that a report on Friday from the Orlando Sentinel is true: UCF's appeal of a portion of its probation has succeeded and the Knights will be eligible for postseason play this coming fall.

The NCAA originally hit UCF with probation last August. Citing lack of institutional control, the NCAA penalized the Knights with five years of probation, a postseason ban in men's basketball and football, show-cause orders for athletics department personnel, scholarship reductions, recruiting restrictions, a vacation of men's basketball records and a $50,000 fine.

However, this past January UCF appealed the one-year postseason ban for football, which would've taken effect for the 2013 season (its first in the Big East). Those present at the appeal included UCF President John Hitt and Athletic Director Todd Stansbury.

They must have made a good case, because the NCAA generally doesn't like to correct itself. From 2001-2008, only three of 29 cases before the Appeals Committee were granted reversals.

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