The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions (“COI” or “Committee”) is an independent administrative body of the NCAA comprised of individuals from the Division I membership and the public. COI accepted the Negotiated Resolution of the case involving the University of Central Florida (“Central Florida” or UCF”).
The Committee concluded UCF committed the following violations of NCAA rules:
Violations of NCAA Division I Manual Bylaws 13.2.1, 13.2.1-(h), 13.5.1, 13.11.1, and 14.2.1 (2017-18) (Level II)
The institution, the head coach, and enforcement staff agreed that during the 2017 fall semester, the head coach and the assistant coach impermissibly permitted the prospect to engage in practice, tryout and team activities with the women’s cross country and women’s track and field programs. Additionally, the assistant coach arranged or provided the prospect $853 in impermissible lodging and transportation. Specifically:
Violations of NCAA Division I Manual Bylaws 22.214.171.124 (2017-18) (Level II)
The institution, the head coach and enforcement staff agreed that during the fall of 2017, the head coach is presumed responsible for the violations detailed above and she did not rebut the presumption of responsibility. The head coach did not demonstrate that she promoted an atmosphere for compliance due to her personal involvement and failed to monitor the assistant coach. Specifically:
Violations of NCAA Division I Manual Bylaws 10.1, 10.1-(a), 19.2.3 and 126.96.36.199 (2017-18 and 2018-19) (Level I)
It is uncontested that after his employment with the institution ended in the fall of 2017 and continuing to the present, the assistant coach violated the principles of ethical conduct and failed to cooperate when he refused to participate in an interview with the enforcement staff regarding his knowledge of or involvement in violations of NCAA legislation despite being requested to do so on multiple occasions.
Aggravating and Mitigating Factors in accordance with NCAA Bylaws 19.9.3 and 19.9.4.
Aggravating Factors for the Institution
Aggravating Factors for the Head Coach
Mitigating Factors for the Head Coach
Aggravating Factors for the Assistant Coach
Mitigating Factors for the Assistant Coach
The Committee penalized UCF as follows: