It is very rare — and I mean veeerrry rare — that a university wins an appeal of its NCAA sanctions, but you now can add the University of Central Florida to that list. The Orlando Sentinel reported Friday that UCF won it’s appeal of a one-year postseason football ban, and the NCAA will make the official announcement Monday.
After rules violations that led to, among other things, the resignation of both WR coach David Kelly and AD Keith Tribble, UCF accepted every punishment — including scholarship limitations and a one-year postseason ban for men’s basketball — save for one.
UCF football Coach George O’Leary pushed for the school to appeal the one-year bowl ban, and many from the outside, me included, thought they were just spitting into the wind. Win an appeal against the NCAA? If history was any guide, the Knights had a better chance finding a unicorn. But UCF’s argument apparently worked, so they’ll head into the new American Athletic Conference eligible for its inaugural title and the bowl berth that comes with it.
And I wouldn’t be surprised if O’Leary rides a unicorn into the season opener versus Akron.