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Central Florida AD out, Jones suspended 3 games

Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 5:06 pm
By Jeff Goodman

Central Florida athletic director Keith Tribble resigned and men's basketball coach Donnie Jones has been suspended for three games as part of the school's pro-active approach to the NCAA investigation into the athletics program.

The school received the NCAA's notice of allegations on Tuesday and a news conference was held on Wednesday afternoon.

"The strengthening of UCF's commitment to compliance with the NCAA starts today," UCF president John C. Hitt said in a statement.

Assistant football coach David Kelly has also parted with the program.

Both Tribble and Kelly were both cited for unethical conduct when meeting with NCAA investigators.

"I thank former AD Tribble and former assistant Kelly for their many positive contributions to UCF and wish them well in the future," Hitt said.

The investigation, which also includes the football program, was spurred months ago following reports by and the New York Times that UCF had involvement with Ken Caldwell - a third-party individual who the NCAA has classified as a runner and also a booster.

There were no allegations that Jones or his staff offered money.

The NCAA's report discloses that Caldwell had a relationship with the previous staff - including former coach Kirk Speraw - as well as Tribble.

Caldwell was already connected with current Central Florida guard A.J. Rompza - who was recruited by Speraw - and was also the legal guardian of Doukon Kuzuean - a former walk-on at the school who was brought on by Speraw.

Caldwell's son also attended Central Florida.

The allegations by the NCAA are that Caldwell was involved in the recruitment of players that Jones was recruiting - including Michael Chandler and Kevin Ware.

It also alleges that Jones didn't promote an atmosphere of compliance.

"As the program's head coach, I accept responsibility for mistakes when they occur," Jones said. "I respect Dr. Hitt and the University of Central Florida and believe the decision in this case is fair. I look forward to representing UCF in a positive manner on and off the court."

Central Florida will have 90 days to respond to the allegations.


Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:11 pm

Central Florida AD out, Jones suspended 3 games

Not sure how Iowa got involved with this but you might want to do a little research and get your facts straight. Johnson-Koulianos never played another down for Iowa after his arrest. Neither did the alleged rapists, credit card thieves or many of the others that had issues. Having a family member on scholarship at a major SEC football factory (recent national championship) I know how they can sign 28 kids each year and stay under 85 on scholarship. With your poorly researched, filled with half truths and unsubstantiated post I am guessing that you will need help with the math, 28 + 28 + 28 + 28 = 112, which to keep it simple is way over 85. So if you want to keep things accurate and factual let me know. There are far more statistics supporting my position. As far as Ohio State, they need to have the hammer dropped on them, Penn State goes far beyond athletics and I can't believe there are people who are supporting people who did little to nothing to protect defenseless children.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:09 pm

Central Florida AD out, Jones suspended 3 games

@TeresMinor...Joe Pa knew of what Sandusky had done (allegedly) due to his assistant informing him, at which time Joe Pa informed the AD. It is not Joe's duty to conduct a police investigation but it IS his duty to ensure Sandusky would not be allowed on campus until he was cleared of any wrong doing. The AD is at fault for not geting the police (real police, not campus rent a cops) involved to investigate the allegation against Sandusky, however, Joe Pa is at fault for allowing Sandusky to continue to come on campus up until last week when charges were finally filed against him. That is negligence on Paterno's part in this matter. He should have pushed the AD for a proper investigation after the initial allegation.  That being said, I hold that assistant (cant spell his name) even more negligent hear, how do you walk in on a sex act on a child in a shower on campus and NOT intervene? 

I can't speak for others but if I had walked on that, Sandusky would have been severly beaten, if not out right killed and I would have been in jail. And let me tell you, to save a child from something like that would totally be worth any amount of time in jail. 

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:21 am

Central Florida AD out, Jones suspended 3 games

As far as Keith Tribble goes - good riddance to bad rubbish.  Whatever good he did for UCF has been completely overshadowed by this scandal.  Not only was he aware of what was going on, he was right there in the thick of it, even personally offering benefits himself.

He has really set this program back quite a bit, it will take some time to recover from what's about to happen. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:16 pm

Hey, Einstein...

Tell me exactly how it is Joe Pa's fault that Sandusky engaged in acts of sexual misconduct without his knowledge.  Then, please explain to me why you are using the pain of the victims as an excuse to "justify" UCF's wrongdoing.  Besides, the torch and pitchfork mob had their way with Paterno tonight, rendering your already screwed-up analogy even more useless than it was.

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:37 pm

Central Florida AD out, Jones suspended 3 games

How about that?????? Make contact with a recurit by phone get fire the next day. Have a coach on your staff rape kids you pick the day you walk away. Where is the NCAA to not let the Penn State staff leave on there on terms. Everyone else gets kicked out the door. Ohio State just got some cash and TaTs the almost got the death pen.  JOEPA should be fire today and not let any of his staff walk away on there on.

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:13 pm
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Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:10 pm

Central Florida AD out, Jones suspended 3 games

When all of these allegations came out about 10 months or so ago, I was concerned and, deep down, I was scared some people at UCF did wrongdoings.  I wrote it then and i will write it again,  "Why associate with bad people?  If you have dealing with people that affect our program why weren't Caldwell fully investigated?"  UCF should never have dealt with him.  We have too much to offer to students and athletes to have had this happen.  It was totally unnecessary.  We upgraded all of our facilities and programs and we do not need this kind of stuff.  Of them all, I don't understand Keith Tribble.  I thought he was way too high-class and that he had too much integrity for this to have happened.  I find it hard to find him guilty of this.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:59 pm

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

As a UCF fan, I feel ripped off.  If we're going to get caught doing this sort of stuff, we should have at least gotten something out of it.  A conference championship, a couple of wins in the NCAA tournament, etc. 

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:36 pm

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

What's the difference between receiving "benefits" from a "known booster" or "runner" and having a good time with Marcus Jordan on his dime?

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:04 pm

Sources: Central Florida AD out, Jones suspension

@skreffty... as usual... takes bits of pieces for information and then tries to call it fact... 

In regards to Iowa, you are completely wrong - pls research the story.  As for Ohio State - you are correct.  They broke the rules and should've been punished accordingly.  As for Penn State - please, it has nothing to do with the actual sport let alone a coach that has dedicated his entire life and earnings back to kids. 

See, I'm objective.  You should try it. 

Now if you would like to talk about illegal academic eligibility schemes, bogus jc transfer rules, paying players, skewed or non-existent policing for players that break rules, kicking players off of teams because you found better players, signing multi-time convicted felons, ignoring violence, ignoring drug use, ignoring violence against women, taking favors/money from agents and even killing alums that talk... well... i think its safe to say the SEC still leads the nation.  Nice try though.
Fun Iowa facts:

From April 2007 through late June 2009, 26 football players were arrested or issued citations. That includes five felonies –, and . Of the 26 arrests, 20 were alcohol or drug related.

All of that and few, if any, suspensions.  Yikes.  Out of control.

Drugs?  How about Derrell Johnson Koulianos.  Seems like even the most basic of testing would have caught that thug.  He was caught with every drug ever made lol, but somehow Iowa can't test him for any of them properly.  LSU catches and suspends them instead.  Read more,

"officers allegedly found marijuana, over $3,000 cash, a digital scale and other items used in the sale of drugs. Police said they found cocaine, small quantities of marijuana and pamoate, diazepam, hydromorphone hydrochloride and zolpidem tartrate pills in Johnson-Koulianos’ bedroom. Pamoate is one of the two formations of hydroxyzine, an antihistamine used to treat mild anxiety, insomnia, motion-sickness, itching and allergies and is known as an effective sedative and tranquilizer. Diazepam is used to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizures. Hydromorphone hydrochloride is a narcotic analgesic which Johnson-Koulianos allegedly told officers he takes to help with pain, according to police. Zolpidem tartrate is used to treat insomnia.  Johnson-Koulianos did not have a prescription for the various drugs."

His punishment?  He didn't start one game!  No suspension, no nothing, he just didn't start the next game, unbelievable.  I guess the less accomplished programs are allowed to have sub-standard and very lenient policies, or maybe no one hearsd about it.  Absurd he wasn't suspended even a quarter, just crazy.

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