Six members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation wrote a letter Wednesday expressing similar concerns with how the rule was implemented.
''While we understand and support the goals of ensuring quality educational opportunities for student-athletes and the need for strong sanctions for failure to meet those goals, we have misgivings about the retroactive implementation of the penalty,'' the members of Congress wrote. ''In particular, the NCAA appears to have imposed an overly harsh and unfair penalty by imposing APR sanctions retroactively for conduct and circumstances that had already occurred.''
But Bob Williams, an NCAA spokesman, said colleges have known about the standard and penalties since 2006.
''Every other team at the University of Connecticut met the standard,'' Williams said. ''Every other team in the entire Northeast did. So obviously the standard was well known and others met the standard. The real issue is the academic performance of the UConn men's basketball team.''
The NCAA approved rules in October requiring a school have a two-year average score of 930 or a four-year average of 900 on the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Rate, which measures the academic performance of student-athletes, in order to qualify for the 2013 postseason tournament.
Williams said he understands the disappointment over the penalty.
''But the process is inherently fair,'' Williams said. ''They've essentially had since 2006 to ensure that their academic performance was above 900.''
Connecticut's men's basketball program scored 826 for the 2009-10 school year. UConn's score for 2010-11 was 978. That would not be high enough. It would give Connecticut a two-year score of 902 and a four-year score of below 890.
http://www.newbritainherald.com/article ... 202340.txtThe Central Connecticut State University men's soccer team has been banned from the NCAA Tournament next season because of a non-qualifying APR score. All appeals by CCSU have been denied.
“We accept the decision and will continue to make it a priority to meet all of the APR requirements as set forth by the NCAA,” Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann said in a press release.
The men's soccer team had an APR score of 899, which is one point shy of the required 900, based on a four-year average beginning in 2010-11. It is the same penalty the UConn men's basketball team was hit with, which bans them from postseason play next year.
CCSU said in the release that the non-qualifying APR score was "largely the result of several student-athletes leaving the men's soccer program during the four-year cohort, in some cases, in the loss of retention and eligibility points towards the team's score."
It also states the grades of the current team members are in good standing.
“Our recent performance in the classroom has been very strong, as our team grade point average continues to show,” Schlickmann said. “The academic success of our student-athletes and adherence to NCAA APR standards is, and always has been, an institutional and departmental priority for Central. Our primary strategic objective is the educational experience of our student-athletes. That is paramount to everything we do.”
The Blue Devils will also be banned from play in the 2012 Northeast Conference Championship.
“We have implemented a specific plan of improvement for the men’s soccer program which has initially proven to be successful,” Schlickmann said. “We have informed the team of the NCAA’s decision and laid out a course of action for their continued academic and competitive success.”
The NCAA Committee on Academic Performance passed legislation Thursday that’s expected to help “limited resource schools” make the transition to the new Academic Progress Rate (APR) penalty structure.
As expected, the CAP also denied UNCW’s second – and final – appeal for a penalty waiver, according to athletic director Jimmy Bass.
As expected, the Connecticut men's basketball team is among the 15 teams banned from postseason play during the 2012-13 academic year because of poor classroom performance. The NCAA released Academic Progress Rates for all Division I athletic programs Wednesday afternoon.
Of the 15, 10 teams banned are men's basketball squads. Connecticut's is the only major-conference program to draw a ban.
One in four men's basketball teams in Division I (85 of 344 programs) had four-year APRs beneath the NCAA benchmark of 930, which projects a 50% graduation rate. Among them were UConn (889), Arkansas (894) and LSU (911).
The NCAA is the process of phasing in postseason penalties. This year and next, most teams falling beneath a four-year APR of 900 or a two-year average of 930 are subject to bans. By 2015-16, all teams must hit a four-year average of 930. What the NCAA terms "limited-resource" schools -- most of them HBCUs -- have a more relaxed phase-in leading up to a required four-year average of 930 by 2016-17.
Connecticut had been hoping the NCAA could use a different method of computing APR that included scores from 2011-12 -- which UConn says improved enough to put the Huskies above the two-year benchmark. UConn officials don't expect the ban to be lifted at this point, according to the Associated Press. NCAA officials said they do not expect to make any changes retrospectively, either.
The NCAA said it looked at each program individually, so scores below the current 900 threshold were evaluated independently from one another. When asked about Arkansas' four-year score of 894, NCAA managing director of academic and membership services Diane Dickman said the Razorbacks kept their eligibility because their two-year average is 930. Most of the schools below the threshold were given leeway because they are "limited resource" schools.
A total of 35 teams at 26 different schools drew some kind of APR-related penalty.
Teams with postseason ineligibility for 2012-13:
• California State-Bakersfield (still under review)
• Jacksonville State
• Mississippi Valley State
• Texas A&M Corpus Christi
• Arkansas-Pine Bluff
• North Carolina-Wilmington
• North Carolina A&T State
• Texas Southern
• Central Connecticut State
• Northern Colorado
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