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        === NCAA lifts postseason ban on UCF after successful appeal ===
 
 Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee has
 reversed a postseason ban that was levied on the UCF football program in 2012.
 
 The  report stated  that the committee "determined the football postseason ban
 (was) excessive such that it constitute(d) an abuse of discretion."
 
 UCF  did accept  the other  penalties  from the  NCAA  in July  of last  year,
 including  scholarship reductions,  vacation of men's basketball records and a
 $50,000 fine. The UCF men's basketball team's postseason ban in 2012 was not a
 part of the appeal.
 
 Due  to the appeal, UCF was eligible this past year for the postseason when it
 participated in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl -- a 33-27 win over Ball State.
 
 "We're certainly happy with this outcome," said UCF Director of Athletics Todd
 Stansbury.  "We  appealed the postseason  ban for  football because we felt it
 went beyond what was supported by the facts, and we're pleased the Infractions
 Appeals Committee agreed with us."
 
 The  penalties  stemmed from  recruiting  violations,  including the  school's
 involvement with a third-party outside recruiter.
 
 According  to  the NCAA, Ken  Caldwell, a  recruiter for a professional sports
 agency,  and his  associate Brandon Bender, assisted UCF in the recruitment of
 six  men's  basketball and  five football prospective student-athletes between
 March 2009 and July 2011.
 
 The  NCAA said Caldwell provided impermissible benefits, such as tuition fees,
 transportation   expenses  and  a  laptop  computer  to  student-athletes  and
 prospective student-athletes.
 
 04/22 13:10:14 ET