In its release Tuesday, the NCAA said UCF 'exhibited a lack of institutional
control and was responsible for impermissible recruiting activities and extra
The violations stem from the school's involvement with a third-party outside
In addition to the bowl ban for the football team and postseason penalty for
the men's basketball team, the NCAA also imposed sanctions of five years
probation -- two more than UCF's self-imposed penalty -- as well as reductions
in scholarships for football and men's basketball, limits for on-campus visits
by prospective student-athletes and a fine of $50,000.
The school had also self-imposed other sanctions, including the vacation of
all men's basketball wins in which an ineligible student-athlete participated
Last November, UCF athletic director Keith Tribble and assistant football
coach David Kelly resigned amid the allegations. Also, men's basketball coach
Donnie Jones served a suspension of three conference games.
According to the NCAA, Ken Caldwell, a recruiter for a professional sports
agency, and his associate Brandon Bender, assisted UCF in the recruitment of
six men's basketball and five football prospective student-athletes between
March 2009 and July 2011 and that Tribble and other athletic department staff
members were aware of Caldwell's role.
The NCAA said Caldwell provided impermissible benefits, such as tuition fees,
transportation expenses and a laptop computer to student-athletes and
It wasn't UCF's first issue with the NCAA. The school had just completed a
two-year period of probation for impermissible telephone calls and text
messages to prospective recruits.
That made UCF a repeat offender, thus yielding stiffer penalties.