You may be experiencing a feeling akin to stepping off one of those moving walkways at the airport, as the NCAA powers down to normal speed following its quick hammerstrike against Penn State. It’s time to return to Orlando and the Central Florida investigation (review new colleague Pete Thamel’s recap of the genesis of the Ken Caldwell case), which just wrapped with a neat pile of sanctions added to those already self-imposed by UCF’s football and basketball programs. We’ve pulled the football-specific sanctions from the NCAA’s release:
- Public reprimand and censure.
- Five years probation from February 10, 2012, through February 9, 2017.
- Postseason ban for the 2012 football season.
- A three-year show-cause order for the former director of athletics and a one-year show cause for the former assistant football coach. The show-cause orders do not allow any contact with prospective student-athletes.
- Reduction of five initial (from 25 maximum) and five total (from 85 maximum) football scholarships for three academic years.
- $50,000 fine.
- Reduction of two full-time football coaches permitted to recruit off-campus during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.
- Reduction in the available number of recruiting person days by nine in the fall football evaluation period and 34 in the spring football evaluation period during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (self-imposed by the university).
- Football official paid visits are limited to 30 for each of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.
The assistant in question is former receivers coach and noted recruiter David Kelly, who left the program in November. You can read the full report, if you’re really into scrolling through long .pdf files, at NCAA.org.
While it might be easy at this point to think of all sanctions short of Penn State’s as somewhat petty, this decision cuts deep for George O’Leary and this year’s Knights. The oracle Phil Steele has UCF projected to win the conference and play in the Liberty Bowl, neither of which will be possible with a postseason ban.