The state of Florida appears to be rotting due to NCAA allegations and infractions.
With little time to catch our breath after the Miami fiasco, ESPN.com has released a report stating the NCAA should be slipping an official notice of inquiry into the mail any minute now. That envelope will find its way to the campus of Central Florida once the United States Postal Service is through with it.
UPDATE: Here's a PDF of the letter.
The men's basketball program and the football program are embroiled in potential recruiting violations. This information isn't new -- the NCAA's action toward it is. The latest from ESPN.com's Mike Fish and Pat Forde.
In addition, NCAA investigators have already begun interviewing people connected to potential violations. Sources also said that they expect the investigation will lead to the NCAA bringing formal charges against the Conference USA member.
Allegations are believed to center around Ken Caldwell, a 42-year-old Chicago native and former AAU basketball coach, who has been tied to Central Florida's recruitment of several basketball players and at least one football player. Caldwell's son, Rodney, attended Central Florida through last spring and among the alleged violations is that recruits stayed at his apartment during visits to the Orlando school.
Caldwell could not be reached for comment, though in the past he's adamantly denied he has broken any NCAA rules. His son declined comment.
Ken Caldwell has not looked good whatsoever from the start of this. He's the reason why Central Florida's in trouble. At first he was defiant, then he learned how to get tight-lipped in a hurry. Central Florida has been looking into its program and possible violations since late April. Did Caldwell help steer players from the Chicago area, getting them to suit up for Central Florida? That's what plenty are left to interpret right now.
But even if Caldwell won't talk, ESPN.com's story states that Brandon Bender, a former Louisville player in the early aughts, did speak with the NCAA last week. Bender was a right-hand man for Caldwell. Since Caldwell isn't employed by an NCAA institution, he's not mandated to speak with the NCAA.
This case has a long way to go, but the first official offensive from the NCAA looks ready to drop any day now.