UCF Submits Response to NCAA

The University of Central Florida today submitted its response to the NCAA concerning alleged infractions committed in the football and men’s basketball programs.

“We are cooperating fully with the NCAA and addressing these issues in a responsible manner,” said Interim Director of Athletics Al Harms. “UCF is on the path to rebuilding a strong ‘culture of compliance’ that is consistent with our high standards of professional and personal conduct and our responsibilities to the NCAA.

“Our considerable self-imposed penalties, along with our previous personnel actions, are important parts of that process.”

Upon receiving the NCAA report in November, the university took several personnel actions as an immediate response. UCF also required that the Athletics Association’s compliance office report to the university’s chief compliance and ethics officer, as well as to the director of athletics.

As detailed in the response filed today, UCF also will move forward with several self-imposed penalties for the football and men’s basketball programs.

The most significant self-imposed penalties include the following: reductions in financial aid awards for men’s basketball, the vacation of wins from prior men’s basketball seasons and a reduction in recruiting days for football and men’s basketball.

The NCAA report did not involve any other sports. The NCAA will hold a hearing about the allegations and UCF’s responses in April in Indianapolis.

Copies of the introduction to UCF’s response and the details of the self-imposed penalties can be found here and here. Please note that UCF is also proposing vacating men’s basketball victories from 2010-11 as well as 2009-10 and 2008-09. The original document excluded 2010-11. To ensure compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the names of students and prospective students have been redacted.