Central Florida Hit With NCAA Sanctions
The University of Central Florida had been waiting to hear Its punishment regarding the actions of Ken Caldwell, the man who served both as a recruiter and representative of the school, while at the same time working a job as a sports agency representative. This is a major NCAA infraction, as it infringes upon the amateur nature of college athletics.
The NCAA said the University demonstrated a lack of institutional control, and officially released UCF’s punishment today. The significant penalties the school will be facing are:
- Five years probation, through 2017
- One year postseason ban for men’s basketball and football (both this upcoming year)
- Significant scholarship reductions for men’s basketball and football
- Reductions in the number of recruiters and recruiting days allowed
- $50,000 fine
The NCAA showed that it is not messing around when it comes to keeping agents and professional recruiters away from its student athletes. This punishment could set an on-the-rise program back several years, so it is likely a lesson they won’t forget.