Thursday, May 7, 2009

NCAA sanctions four Big 10 schools for low Academic Progress Rates

The NCAA has banned thirty athletic teams at 26 NCAA schools from post-season play due to low Academic Progress Rates (APR's) for the next academic year. An additional 174 athletic teams at 107 NCAA schools faced lower penalties such as reduced scholarships or reduced practice time.

As mentioned in this article: "Teams falling beneath a 925 are subject to initial scholarship cuts. Those falling beneath 900 face a stricter sequence of penalties: a warning the first year, scholarship and practice-time cuts the second year, postseason sanctions the third year and the school's relegation to restricted NCAA membership the fourth year."

Athletic programs sanctioned in the Big 10 are: Indiana University's men's basketball program with the loss of one scholarship, Purdue University's men's basketball program with the loss of one scholarship; Purdue University's men's golf program with the loss of 0.03 scholarship; Ohio State University's men's basketball program with the loss of two scholarships; and the University of Minnesota's football program with the loss of three scholarships.

Here are UI's APR's scores, and here is the link for all NCAA schools.

From the USA Today article, here are the athletic teams hit with post-season sanctions by athletic program:

Men's basketball (11): Jacksonville State, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, Portland State, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas Southern, Texas State, Alabama-Birmingham, UC Santa Barbara, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Texas-San Antonio

Football (4): Montana State, San Jose State, Alabama-Birmingham, Weber State

Baseball (6): Alcorn State, Florida International, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas-Arlington

Men's wrestling (3): Clarion (Pa.), Delaware State, Virginia Military

Men's outdoor track: Illinois-Chicago

Men's cross country: Toledo

Men's golf: Boise State

Men's soccer: San Jose State

Women's outdoor/indoor track: Nicholls State

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