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UCF announces self-imposed sanctions

Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:45 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 5:50 pm
Donnie Jones and UCF will appear before the NCAA in April. The school self-imposed sanctions today. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

UCF will appear before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions in April, but the school announced Monday several self-imposed sanctions in both football and basketball.

On the basketball side, there were no self-imposed postseason bans, but scholarships, recruiting hours and wins were taken away. From the Orlando Sentinel:

  • Vacate all wins for the three seasons from 2008-2011.
  • Remove one scholarship for the next two seasons, from 13 to 12.
  • Reduce the number of coaches allowed to simultaneously recruit off-campus from three to two, while also prohibiting all basketball coaches from engaging in off-campus during two of the three July evaluation periods for the next two years.
  • Reduce the number of recruiting days to 25.
  • Issue letters of reprimand to head coach Donnie Jones and assistant coach Darren Tillis. Jones was suspended for the first three Conference USA games, while Tillis was suspended for two.
  • Jones and Tillis cannot receive bonuses or salary increases for the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years.

The issue with the NCAA stems from reports in April that said Ken Caldwell was acting as a runner between agents and potential UCF recruits. Caldwell also allegedly acted as a representative of the university, according to reports in the New York Times and

Senior guard A.J. Rompza was ineligible for the first 12 games of this season after it was found out he received $900 in payments from Caldwell. Overall, there were 11 potential UCF recruits tied to Caldwell, although only Rompza was the only one who ended up with the Knights. 

Category: NCAAB

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:04 pm

UCF announces self-imposed sanctions

About Moss ... you're possibly right.  But, Moss always seemed to be at his best when he had a chip on his shoulder and felt a need to prove something.  I.e., he was unstoppable at Marshall ... after ND and FSU took a pass on him.  He was incredible for Minnesota in '98 ... after he fell to 19th after a Heisman finalist season.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:59 am

UCF announces self-imposed sanctions

Seriously, what does it REALLY mean to "vacate" wins?  Will they continue to mention those games in their OFFICIAL media guides?  You're darn right they will!  The only difference - at the bottom of the page, where you would normally see their win-loss total, it'll just show "0-X" (X being however many losses they had in actual play).

And the no bonuses or salary increases?  PLEASE!!! ... all that'll happen is they'll get it made up on the back end - officially, it'll be bonuses and salary increases for the "2014 fiscal year" ... riiiiiiiight.  Kinda like insurance companies now having to pay the full-cost of pregnancy-prevention services instead of Catholic Charities & Hospitals (as if the insurance companies won't simply pass along that cost in higher premiums) ... it all works out exactly the same, but just sounds better.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:33 pm

UCF announces self-imposed sanctions

Where did they go to school...the osu?   Our self imposed sanctions should suffice....rofl

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:55 pm

UCF announces self-imposed sanctions

I have to agree with Minor, but being an alum at UCF I hope we don't get hammered too badly.  I have to say the NCAA kinds of reminds me of Bobby Bowden.  He hammered the "no names" and let the Peter Warricks off easy.  I am still surprised he cut Moss loose, but that was after Notre Dame quit recruiting him.  Not an FSU fan, but Moss on those FSU teams would have been hard to stop and he would ahve been something to see!!

UCF made some bad mistakes and had major lapses in judgement in both football and basketball.  I just hope their self-imposed will be enough.  We have had a lot of changes to the coaching staff for our football team and I hope all the defections are not forbearers of bad news.  We have lost a few players so I am a little concerned.  Rats will leave a sinking ship. 

President Hitt has done a lot to upgrade all sports and their facilities, so I hope he has a handle on this situation.

Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:50 pm

UCF announces self-imposed sanctions

Here comes big bad NCAA, punish the little guy and let Urban the Liar skate.  He had more arrest of players then anyone in the country during his days at FL and nothing happened.  Had a lawyer on retainer to handle problems.  UCF is an up and coming program and wait a few years for big east to realize this.  Fan support is going to get better in all sports.  check there overall performance in all sports not just BB and FB

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:43 pm

Here comes the "newer, tougher NCAA..."

The NCAA won't ever give the teams that produce a lot of revenue serious penalties, but a school like UCF is right in their "sweet spot."  The NCAA will continue to give "penalties" to football schools like USC, Ohio State, and Bama that do absolutely nothing to the programs in the long run, but they will hammer a school like UCF.

The NCAA operates on the law of the jungle.  It preys on the weak and leaves the strong alone.  UCF is a school with no success and no leverage.  Outside of Disney World, nobody gives a bleep about them.  Consequently, the NCAA can "make an example" of UCF and tell the country how they are "not going to tolerate major violations anymore."  

That way, the NCAA gets to beat on their chests and throw their weight around, without losing any money while doing it.  There are no compelling UCF "must see" matchups.  The aren't a team that "travels well" or has any long-standing, natural rivalries.  And they don't excite anyone during March Madness.   

UCF doesn't bring a lot of money in to the NCAA, so they are expendable.  I hope they have a lot of lubricant in Orlando. 

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