The NCAA has made its presence felt again, punishing the University of Central Florida for what it deemed “lack of institutional control”.
In a published report released Tuesday, the NCAA cited UCF partly for impermissible recruiting actions take on by third parties who weren’t official representatives of the university.
Ken Caldwell, a man with connections to a sports agency who helped direct recruits to Central Florida, was at the center of the NCAA’s case. According to the NCAA, Caldwell and other third-party people paid thousands of dollars to at least individuals, two of which who were student-athletes at UCF.
Central Florida’s football and men’s basketball programs received post season bans for the 2012-2013 season. The university’s athletic department also received a $50,000 fine and was placed on five years’ probation.
Other penalties include a Reduction of five (from 25 maximum) and five total (from 85 maximum) football scholarships for three academic years. Men’s basketball gets a limit of 11 scholarships (from 13 maximum) for three academic years.
There were also several recruiting restrictions imposed for both programs.
In addition, men’s basketball coach Donnie Jones was hit with a three-game suspension, a self-imposed penalty by the university. Jones was charged with failing to monitor by the NCAA. He was also levied with a three-year show cause order and is required to attend rules seminars for two years.
According to the NCAA’s Division I committee on infractions, Central Florida, which recently announced its intention to leave for the Big East after the 2012-2013 academic year, is a prime example of an “ever-increasing problem in college athletics today, namely the involvement of outside third parties with prospects and student-athletes”.