Central Florida received a one-year bowl ban and a one-year men’s basketball tournament ban from the NCAA due to recruiting violations in the two high-major programs, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday morning.
The NCAA committee on infractions had called an 11 a.m. news conference to announce the findings.
A Conference USA official told ESPN.com Monday that the Knights would be prohibited from playing in the Conference USA tournament in Tulsa if they had received a postseason ban. That means the Knights have played their last postseason tournament as a member of CUSA since they are leaving for the Big East in 2013-14.
Central Florida finished 22-11 last season, 10-6 in CUSA in men’s basketball and lost to Drexel in the NIT first round. The one-year ban could allow leading scorer Keith Clanton to leave immediately under NCAA rules. Clanton, who averaged 14.5 points a game, could leave and play immediately if the postseason ban is equal to his remaining eligibility. This would also mean that second-leading scorer senior Marcus Jordan(13.7 ppg) could leave and play somewhere else immediately, too.
Central Florida’s football team finished 5-7 overall, 3-5 in CUSA last season. The Knights season will end Sat, Nov. 24 against UAB. The Knights were a projected football favorite to win the CUSA East Division but now aren’t eligible for CUSA championship game.
Source: Andy Katz ESPN.com