Following the release of the Committee on Infractions decision in the University of Central Florida (UCF) enforcement case, the institution issued a response, which included a decision to appeal the 2012 post-season ban for the institution’s football program.
UCF President John C. Hitt stated that while the institution generally accepted the findings and sanctions imposed by the Committee, the institution does not believe the aggravating factors cited by the Committee justify the football program’s 2012 post-season ban.
In the report, the Committee noted that “the imposition of postseason penalties was appropriate in this case.” Specifically, the Committee stated that four of the five aggravating factors cited under NCAA Bylaw 19.5.2(g) were present, including: (1) an involved individual remains employed at the institution; (2) a significant competitive advantage resulted from the violations; (3) the violations reflect a lack of institutional control; and (4) the institution is a repeat violator. Bylaw 19.5.2 breaks down the penalties available for major violations.
The institution has 15 days to give the NCAA notice their intent to appeal and then another 45 days to file the written appeal.
The full release from UCF can be found here.
A full review of the case can be found here.