ORLANDO — Officials from UCF will be in Indianapolis today for a hearing with the NCAA to determine whether the school's self-imposed penalties are sufficient after an investigation into major recruiting violations within its football and basketball programs.
The UCF delegation that includes president John Hitt and new athletics director Todd Stansbury will appear before the Committee on Infractions two months after implementing penalties in response to allegations the Knights were involved with runners for sports agents, and payments and gifts to recruits.
UCF's self-imposed sanctions include: three years of probation, vacation of all men's basketball wins for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, reducing its scholarships by one each of the next two years in basketball, and the reduction of recruiting days by basketball and football coaches.
UCF spokesman Grant Heston released a statement that expressed optimism about the meeting. "UCF has worked with the NCAA transparently and collaboratively, enhanced our athletics compliance efforts and self-imposed significant penalties," the statement said.
The NCAA, which won't comment on open cases, typically takes at least two months after a hearing to render a decision.
Apologetic Petrino: Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino apologized in text messages sent to a series of athletic department employees, including AD Jeff Long, after the revelation of his affair and the presence of his former mistress during the motorcycle accident that led to his downfall. Petrino told Long he appreciated how he handled the news conference in which Petrino was put on paid leave, and wrote: "I'm at your disposal and will do whatever it takes to keep you in my camp and remain your coach." A day after he was put on leave, Petrino asks assistant AD Chris Wyrick: "Is the mood to fire me or to keep me???"
UF hires Assistant: Gators coach Billy Donovan hired Manhattan assistant Rashon Burno to replace Norm Roberts, who is now an assistant at Kansas.
USF visitor: Kore White, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound power forward who would be a graduate transfer from Florida Atlantic, will visit this weekend. White, who is also considering DePaul, LaSalle and Florida Gulf Coast, would be eligible immediately.
Majerus stays: Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus, who has permission to talk with Southern Methodist, said he is not interested in the Mustangs job, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Colorado State: Larry Eustachy, who rebuilt his reputation over eight years at Southern Miss after photos of him partying with students led to his downfall at Iowa State, agreed to a five-year incentive-laced deal with the Rams. His base salary is $500,000.
Michigan State: Center Derrick Nix has been reinstated after pleading guilty to a charge of impaired driving, and he will remain with the team as long as he meets certain conditions, coach Tom Izzo said.
Times staff writers Greg Auman and Antonya English contributed to this report.