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Central Florida AD out, Jones suspended 3 games

Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 5:06 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

Central Florida athletic director Keith Tribble resigned and men's basketball coach Donnie Jones has been suspended for three games as part of the school's pro-active approach to the NCAA investigation into the athletics program.

The school received the NCAA's notice of allegations on Tuesday and a news conference was held on Wednesday afternoon.

"The strengthening of UCF's commitment to compliance with the NCAA starts today," UCF president John C. Hitt said in a statement.

Assistant football coach David Kelly has also parted with the program.

Both Tribble and Kelly were both cited for unethical conduct when meeting with NCAA investigators.

"I thank former AD Tribble and former assistant Kelly for their many positive contributions to UCF and wish them well in the future," Hitt said.

The investigation, which also includes the football program, was spurred months ago following reports by ESPN.com and the New York Times that UCF had involvement with Ken Caldwell - a third-party individual who the NCAA has classified as a runner and also a booster.

There were no allegations that Jones or his staff offered money.

The NCAA's report discloses that Caldwell had a relationship with the previous staff - including former coach Kirk Speraw - as well as Tribble.

Caldwell was already connected with current Central Florida guard A.J. Rompza - who was recruited by Speraw - and was also the legal guardian of Doukon Kuzuean - a former walk-on at the school who was brought on by Speraw.

Caldwell's son also attended Central Florida.

The allegations by the NCAA are that Caldwell was involved in the recruitment of players that Jones was recruiting - including Michael Chandler and Kevin Ware.

It also alleges that Jones didn't promote an atmosphere of compliance.

"As the program's head coach, I accept responsibility for mistakes when they occur," Jones said. "I respect Dr. Hitt and the University of Central Florida and believe the decision in this case is fair. I look forward to representing UCF in a positive manner on and off the court."

Central Florida will have 90 days to respond to the allegations.

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Comments

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

@skreffty... as usual... takes bits of pieces for information and then tries to call it fact... 

In regards to Iowa, you are completely wrong - pls research the story.  As for Ohio State - you are correct.  They broke the rules and should've been punished accordingly.  As for Penn State - please, it has nothing to do with the actual sport let alone a coach that has dedicated his entire life and earnings back to kids. 

See, I'm objective.  You should try it. 

Now if you would like to talk about illegal academic eligibility schemes, bogus jc transfer rules, paying players, skewed or non-existent policing for players that break rules, kicking players off of teams because you found better players, signing multi-time convicted felons, ignoring violence, ignoring drug use, ignoring violence against women, taking favors/money from agents and even killing alums that talk... well... i think its safe to say the SEC still leads the nation.  Nice try though.
I never start these things, but like a sucker I respond in kind.  dkh, please, none of your justifications today.  It appears you are already trying to let Penn State off the hook.  How can it have northing to do with the sport when it is a defensive coordinator doing the disgusting deeds?  I have always said you will defend, as the ultimate homer, any and all Big-10 infractions.  I am glad to see yu are finally admitting Ohio State was in the wrong (but the punishment is puny compared to what it would have been for any other conference - the schoolpresident was part of the cover up!). You and the facts are like oil and water, you just don't mix.

You wrote, "illegal academic eligibility schemes, bogus jc transfer rules, paying players, skewed or non-existent policing for players that break rules, kicking players off of teams because you found better players, signing multi-time convicted felons, ignoring violence, ignoring drug use, ignoring violence against women, taking favors/money from agents and even killing alums that talk". 

You are right, you CAN be objective in terms of the BIg-10, because it does everything you just described.  Let us take a look...

illegal academic eligibility schemes - the quarter system Ohio State uses so acacemic ineligibilities aren't announced until AFTER bowl season

bogus jc transfer rules - you must be discussing the Wisconsin quarterback lol

paying players - Ohio State, Michigan, many more

skewed or non-existent policing for players that break rules - entire Big-10, for example no penalties exist for synthetic marijuana

kicking players off of teams because you found better players - scholarship revocation, the Big-10 "answer" to oversigning.  Despicable in its scope in the Big-10.  God help an injured player in the Big-10...

signing multi-time convicted felons - see new member Nebraska, Ohio State, again really, the whole conference

ignoring violence, ignoring drug use, ignoring violence against women - change against women to against little boys and it fits the Big-10 better, but the conference of the cover up has the most lax drug testing policies in the nation

taking favors/money from agents and even killing alums that talk - you mean Iowa doesn't have a monopoly on killing?  Ya'll haven't killed Clarett or Pryor yet?

The worst thing the Big-10 does outside of pedophilia and rape is cutting scholarship players to free up scholarships for other guys.  The numerous reports of revoking scholarships because of injury or not enough talent out of the Big-10 are legion, so incredibly worse than "oversigning", which of course was overblown in and of itself.

No, I am not wrong about Iowa, those kids did get very sick, critically so in fact, under the watcdhful eye of the Iowa medical staff.  Still using celebrity alumni to recruit?  Weird you guys didn't get punished for that.

I still find it odd that AJ Green had to miss the bowl game for a simple one time infraction, whereas the Ohio State 5 got to play, even though theor violations were much worse, repeated, and covered up.  Double standard indeed.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

@wvulax39... YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!

Bielema pukes up more (games) than a bulimic!



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

@skreffty... as usual... takes bits of pieces for information and then tries to call it fact... 

In regards to Iowa, you are completely wrong - pls research the story.  As for Ohio State - you are correct.  They broke the rules and should've been punished accordingly.  As for Penn State - please, it has nothing to do with the actual sport let alone a coach that has dedicated his entire life and earnings back to kids. 

See, I'm objective.  You should try it. 

Now if you would like to talk about illegal academic eligibility schemes, bogus jc transfer rules, paying players, skewed or non-existent policing for players that break rules, kicking players off of teams because you found better players, signing multi-time convicted felons, ignoring violence, ignoring drug use, ignoring violence against women, taking favors/money from agents and even killing alums that talk... well... i think its safe to say the SEC still leads the nation.  Nice try though.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

Welcome to the big leagues UCF!  I see you in the SEC soon!
The SEC is not quite the big leagues the in terms of cheating, the SEC doesn't poison and almost kill its players like Iowa, trade merchandise for marijuana and tattoos, then lie about it ala Ohio State, or assault little boys like Penn State  The Big-10 is clearly the big leagues in cheating.  Clearly.



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

I'm pretty confident that Wisconsin is a clean program.  Everytime they get close to the Top 5, they rip off 2 losses.

DaytonaDan, you forgot USC, WVU/Mich. and UConn Basketball.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

Welcome to the big leagues UCF!  I see you in the SEC soon!



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

@DaytonaDan... I'm not sure if itwas intentional or if it was simply a 1-in-a-billion rant but the fact that you somehow made a list of "cheaters" and didn't include a single SEC school either makes you incredibly lucky (i.e. 1-in-a-billion) or you are in absolute denial.  Nobody does it better.  Heck, they even have last year's Heisman and the last handfull of NC's to prove it.




Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

@Sigman... seriously... if you think there is a D1 school in Florida that is NOT paying players and, well, I don't want to ruin your naiveté but if you do even a little digging you are going to be highly disappointed.  



Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

UCF should be so proud of their recent athletic accomplishment:
$10M wrongful death conviction
GOL cursing at a player he w/ a known illness who he overworked & would die shortly thereafter
BB coach suspended due to "not promoting an atmosphere of compliance"
Asst FB coach resigns due to irregularites w/ NCAA compliance
AD forced to resign, had a relationship w/ runner, NCAA compliance
NCAA sanctions forthcoming, already on NCAA probation

Be proud Knights, you are right up there w/ Ohio State, Miami & UNC!! No shame.



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

Looks like UCF is ready for big-time athletics after all.  You aren't trying if you're not cheating...

Just joining the club, but at least we're not paying players. 


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