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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Central Florida athletic director Keith Tribble resigned Wednesday amid allegations of recruiting violations in the school’s football and basketball programs.

School President John Hitt announced the move at a news conference to discuss a notice of allegations the school received this week from the NCAA. The notice details a list of infractions the NCAA says Tribble and other athletic department employees engaged in with reputed agent runners and several players.

UCF received an inquiry letter in August for violations in its football program that occurred between 2007 and 2009 and involved a relationship with Ken Caldwell, a recruiter for a professional sports agency, and his associate, Brandon Bender.

The notice of allegation said that Caldwell and Bender “assisted the institution in the recruitment of six men’s basketball players and five football perspective student-athletes.”

“The conduct detailed by the NCAA’s report falls far short of our university standards and my own expectations of how our athletics program should operate,” Hitt said.

Al Harms, a vice president of communications at the school, has been appointed interim athletic director.

Assistant coach David Kelly, the football program’s top recruiter, also has resigned, Hitt said.

The school also suspended basketball coach Donnie Jones for three games and gave him a letter of reprimand. Hitt said Jones “failed to maintain a culture of compliance” in the recruitment of two players. UCF football coach George O’Leary was not cited for wrongdoing in the NCAA report.

Tribble took over as UCF AD in 2006 after serving as the director of the Orange Bowl Committee. He oversaw the construction and opening of UCF’s first on-campus football stadium in 2007.

Hitt said the allegations are not expected to affect the school’s anticipated move from Conference USA to the Big East. UCF has yet to receive an official invitation, but Hitt said he spoke with Big East Commissioner John Marinatto on Wednesday about the allegations and understood that the matter won’t affect the move.

“I think it’s moving around rather nicely,” Hitt said. “It’s not a game-changer. It doesn’t delay or impede our entry into the Big East.”

The school has 90 days from Nov. 7 to respond to the report. University general counsel Scott Cole said the school will work with the NCAA to “get a consensus on appropriate penalties.”

“But for the most part we think most of the investigation is done,” he said.

Cole said that because of the nature of the infractions and because UCF is a repeat offender it can’t undergo summary disposition and will have an infractions hearing with the NCAA in April.

“But for the most part we think most of the investigation is done,” he said.

UCF is on probation until February of 2012 because football staff members placed impermissible calls to perspective recruits between 2007 and 2009.