|HBCUs take APR hit from NCAA|
Last fall, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved tougher academic standards for its member institutions, including setting a new standard that teams must meet to compete in the postseason. Academic Progress Rates (APR) were released today (Wednesday) and two HBCU men's basketball teams along with three football teams have been ruled ineligible for postseason play.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance.
Level One penalties focus on practice restrictions so teams can focus on academics. Teams facing this penalty lose four hours of practice time one day per week. That time must be replaced with academic activities. There are 26 teams this year with this level of penalty.
Level Two penalties include the Level One penalty, along with a reduction of four hours of practice time out of season replaced with academic activities. This level also includes the elimination of the nonchampionship season or spring football. Teams without a nonchampionship season face a reduced number of contests. There are no teams in this penalty category this year due to the transition from the prior penalty structure.
Level Three penalties include all Level One and Two penalties, plus a menu of potential additional penalties. These can include financial aid reductions; additional practice and contest restrictions; coach-specific penalties (including game and recruiting restrictions); restricted access to practice for incoming students who fall below certain academic standards; restricted membership; and potential multiyear bans on postseason competition. There are nine teams this year with this level of penalty.
Teams facing Level One APR penalties
Alabama State University: men's basketball, football
California State University, Bakersfield: men's basketball, men's golf
Central Connecticut State University, men's soccer
Chicago State University: men's track indoor, men's track outdoor
Delaware State University: men's basketball
Florida A&M University: women's volleyball
Hampton University: football
North Carolina Central University: men's cross country, men's track indoor, men's track outdoor
Prairie View A&M University: football, men's track indoor, men's track outdoor
South Carolina State University: men's track indoor
Southern University: men's track indoor, men's track outdoor
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi: men's basketball
Towson University: men's basketball
University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff: men's basketball
University of California, Riverside: men's basketball
University of Connecticut: men's basketball
University of North Carolina, Wilmington: men's basketball
University of Northern Colorado: men's wrestling
Teams facing Level Three APR penalties
Chicago State University: women's cross country
Grambling State University: men's basketball
Jacksonville State University: men's basketball
Mississippi Valley State University: men's basketball
North Carolina A&T State University: football
Texas Southern University: football
University of Louisiana at Monroe: men's basketball
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore: men's basketball
University of Toledo: men's basketball
|Last Updated ( Thu Jun 21, 2012 - 12:57am )|