Thursday, February 22, 2018
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UCF draws one-year postseason ban

ORLANDO — The NCAA hammered UCF with hefty sanctions Tuesday morning after its investigation of major recruiting infractions within the football and men's basketball programs.

UCF was cited for the dreaded "lack of institutional control," triggering a series of stringent sanctions.

The Knights were hit with a one-year postseason ban in football and men's basketball. UCF was fined $50,000 and placed on five years probation. Former UCF athletic director Keith Tribble and men's basketball coach Donnie Jones were given three-year "show cause" penalties, and former receivers coach David Kelly was hit with a one-year "show cause" penalty.

The "show cause" penalty means an NCAA school must prove Tribble, Jones and Kelly will comply with NCAA rules and accept any probation sanctions linked to them. The penalty makes it extremely difficult to land a job at a new school.

The postseason ban means the promising football and men's basketball programs are not be eligible to compete in the Conference USA men's basketball tournament or football championship game. Players likely will be free to transfer without having to sit out the upcoming season.

Greg Sankey, the executive associate commissioner of the SEC and an NCAA infractions committee member, said that the lack of control UCF had on outside entities was the most egregious finding.

"Part of what was troubling here is there was knowledge of the representatives or third parties being involved in the recruiting process and (UCF officials) facilitated that," he said.

In a news conference, UCF president John Hitt said while he "generally accepts" the penalties levied, the school will appeal the postseason ban in football.

"We just don't feel the violations outlined in the NCAA bylaws justify the sanctions," Hitt said.

PENN STATE DEFECTION: Star tailback Silas Redd has bolted Penn State for Southern Cal. The 1,200-yard rusher opted to leave a Nittany Lions program facing heavy NCAA sanctions handed down because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

NOTRE DAME: Quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were suspended for the Sept. 1 opener against Navy in Ireland. Both were arrested in May after an off-campus party in South Bend, Ind.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Reserve quarterback Tanner McEvoy was arrested in North Carolina and charged with speeding and driving after consuming while under age 21. McEvoy was suspended from the team.

OBITUARY: Harvard baseball coach Joe Walsh, who led the Crimson to five Ivy League titles in 17 seasons, died at his home in Chester, N.H. He was 58. Sandra Walsh said it is believed her husband of 26 years had a heart attack.

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