UCF wins NCAA appeal, eligible to play in 2013 postseason

NCAA originally penalized with one-year bowl ban for recruiting violations

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Local 6 has learned the University of Central Florida has won its appeal to the National Collegiate Athletic Association and will be bowl eligible for the 2013 season.

"We are pleased with this ruling and applaud the NCAA for handling our appeal with care, competency and professionalism," UCF President John C. Hitt said. "Our football program looks forward to competing for an American Athletic Conference championship and a bowl berth."

The NCAA slapped the football program with several penalties, including a one-year bowl ban for recruiting violations.

In its report about the appeal, the NCAA wrote "the penalty in question was based in significant part on irrelevant factors resulting in an abuse of discretion" by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

The Knights appealed the bowl ban last July. UCF will play its first game in the American Athletic Conference Oct. 5 at Memphis.

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