UCF receives NOI from NCAA regarding several recruits and recruiters including the Brandon Bender/DaMarcus Smith duo. "Caldwell and Bender also are suspected of having ties to UCF football signee Damarcus Smith, a highly touted four-star quarterback from Louisville who previously had committed to the hometown Cardinals. Smith asked for his release from UCF in March so he could attend Louisville, but football coach George O'Leary denied the request. Smith is not on campus and has academic issues that might prevent him from being eligible this fall. If Central Florida coaches knew Caldwell and Bender were promoting the athletic program, then under NCAA guidelines they become representatives of the school, which bears responsibility for their actions."