UCF wins appeal of 2013 bowl ban
Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013 16:04
UCF Athletics announced that it won its NCAA appeal, lifting its bowl ban for the 2013 season.
The lift was first reported by Tony Comas of 810 CBS Sports Radio and was later confirmed by the university today.
"We are pleased with this ruling and applaud the NCAA for handling our appeal with care, competency and professionalism," UCF President John C. Hitt said in a release. "Our football program looks forward to competing for an American Athletic Conference championship and a bowl berth."
The Knights could become bowl eligible for their first season in the American Athletic Conference.
UCF originally received the ban for violating NCAA rules while recruiting five football players and six basketball players. Additional sanctions included a postseason ban for the men’s basketball program and recruiting limitations for the men’s basketball and football programs.
Former football assistant coach David Kelly and athletic director Keith Tribble resigned following the allegations in November 2011.
UCF informed the NCAA of its intent to appeal in August and presented the case to the NCAA on Jan. 26.
Appealing the football bowl ban allowed UCF to participate in postseason play in 2012, resulting in a runner-up finish in Conference USA and a bowl victory against Ball State in the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl.
UCF is set to face in-state rival USF, and conference opponents Louisville and Rutgers at home in 2013.
"I think it was great news for UCF, the UCF football program and the fan base with the appeal committee reversing the decision on the postseason ban," head coach George O'Leary said in a release. "President Hitt decided to appeal this ban and I'm glad for UCF and the football program that it turned out in our favor."
The American Athletic Conference still holds an affiliation with the Bowl Champion Series and the local Russell Athletic Bowl in 2013-2014.
"With the appeal process behind us, we're ready to move forward," said athletic director Todd Stansbury in a release. "Our first season in the American Athletic Conference, including the opportunity to play in a bowl game, is right around the corner. It's an exciting time for the Knights."