UCF appeals NCAA's football postseason ban

Knights move to Big East Conference next season

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ORLANDO, Fla. - A spokesman for the University of Central Florida says the NCAA has heard UCF's appeal of its one-year postseason ban in football.

Grant Heston said Thursday that UCF President John Hitt, athletic director Todd Stansbury and others attended the hearing, which lasted 3 and a half hours, at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. No timetable was given for a ruling.

It is the lone penalty UCF challenged as part of sanctions levied last July for major recruiting violations in football and basketball. UCF also received a one-year postseason ban in basketball, $50,000 fine, five years' probation, reduction of basketball scholarships and limits on football recruiting.

"We look forward to the outcome of the appeal, knowing that we presented a strong case on behalf of our student-athletes, athletics program and fans," Heston said.

UCF's appeal allowed it to participate in postseason play in 2012. The Knights finished 10-4, defeating Ball State in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.

UCF moves to the Big East Conference in all sports next season.

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