Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) announced Thursday afternoon that the NCAA has lifted its Academic Progress Rate (APR) postseason ban on Men’s Basketball beginning with the 2016-17 season.
The postseason ban, which had been in effect since spring 2014, made FAMU Men’s Basketball ineligible for both the NCAA and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournaments in 2015 and 2016.
FAMU Director of Athletics Milton Overton made the official announcement, saying: “I’m ecstatic for out student-athletes and Coach Samuels. ‘Building Champions’ is our charge, and now we will have an opportunity to work towards a championship goal for the 2016-17 academic year. This could not have been possible without the support of president (Elmira) Mangum and her staff. The administrative support allowed this to be successful, while assisting in the building of a championship academic culture at FAMU.
The is a positive step toward our mission of building champions in the classroom, on the field and in life. ” Overton elaborated further on the news explaining that the lifting of the ban was due to positive reviews from the NCAA on the improved academic performance of the basketball team; the implementation of a number of measures to more effectively monitor the academic progress of student-athletes; the providing of increased academic support by bolstering the department’s advisement and counseling services; and the University putting into operation a more aggressive, strategic approach to both academics and rules compliance to head off potential concerns in the future.