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University of Central Florida Violates NCAA Rules

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Head coach George O'Leary of the UCF Knights watches his team struggle against the Texas Longhorns on November 7, 2009 at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas won 35-3.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Jessica DAnalyst IFebruary 16, 2010

The NCAA announced on Feb. 11 that it has found that the University of Central Florida football organization committed recruiting violations. 

These violations were deemed "major" and involved two former employees making "impermissible recruiting telephone calls and text messages".

UCF self-reported the violations, which consisted of 209 impermissible telephone calls and approximately 100 text messages to 27 prospective student-athletes and/or their parents during a period of almost 18 months in 2007.

The resulting penalties for the Knights football program include two years probation and recruiting restrictions, which were already completed prior to this year's signing day.

"The violations that took place are extremely disappointing to me," Head Coach George O'Leary said. "We run a first-class program and there is no place for this behavior at UCF."


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