UCF Basketball Coach Optimistic Moving Forward

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida basketball coach Donnie Jones says that though he’s still digesting the sanctions handed down this week by the NCAA for major recruiting violations, he’s optimistic about his program going forward.

Jones said Wednesday that though the school has only publicly announced an intention to appeal the football program’s one-year postseason ban, all penalties — including the 2013 postseason ban for basketball — are being reviewed by UCF officials.

A NCAA bylaw also allows UCF seniors for both programs the opportunity to transfer and play immediately, since eligibility limits won’t allow them to do so again if they were to stay.

For the basketball program that could mean the departures of All-Conference USA big man Keith Clanton and guard Marcus Jordan, the son of former NBA star Michael Jordan.

Source: AP