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APR reports released, UConn ban lifted, six teams banned from postseason

Jun 11, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

Kevin Ollie

The NCAA releases their annual academic progress ratings (APR) on Tuesday afternoon, with certain schools learning their fate for the upcoming season.

UConn, who were left out of the 2012-13 NCAA Tournament as a result of poor APR scores, has showed enough improvement to be allowed to participate in the postseason for the 2013-14 season.

The Huskies showed progress towards an eligible APR, going from an 889 in 2010-11 to a score of 897 in 2011-12.  As a result, all sanctions have been lifted for the season. Kevin Ollie showed that he can handle the job that the fanbase wanted him to get, succeeding Jim Calhoun and maintaining a high level of play and improving the academics of the program, as he did as an assistant last season.

In all, six teams — New Orleans, Florida International, Grambling State, Mississippi Valley State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama State — received postseason bans for college basketball as a result of low APR scores. Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mississippi Valley State will enter their second consecutive year of a postseason ban.

A year after experiencing one of their best seasons in over a decade, FIU will not be eligible for the postseason, posting a multi-year rate of 858, one year after posting a 909. They will also receive a practice time reduction.

NCAA guidelines require athletic programs to keep a four-year rolling APR of at least 900 or a two-year rolling APR of 930, or be punished with a postseason ban. Four-year APRs of at least 930, or two-year averages of 940 are required to avoid penalties such as reductions in practice time and/or scholarships.

In all, 18 schools received postseason bans on various athletic teams.

It’s always a good thing to have UConn contending in the college basketball world, not having them in it hurt things in the last year of the Big East Conference (as we know it) last season. As for FIU, you have to assume that, while Minnesota is by far a better gig than being the second school in Miami, this is one of the reason Richard Pitino bolted after one season with the Golden Panthers. Isaiah Thomas’ tenure and firing brought the program down on and off the court, noticeably.

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  1. gerryb323 - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Ollie’s a pretty amazing coach to be able to improve the academics of the program BEFORE he was even head coach!!!

  2. bigblueboss - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Why isn’t North Carolina banned? They have been caught cheating academically. Something smells here!!!

    • kingghidora - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Careful. You will be banned for bringing it up here. It doesn’t matter how dirty they do things. The media swoons at the sound of the words “Tar Heel”. That says a LOT about the media and the NCAA for not banning them in the first place. Those NC banners should be coming down too. But it will never happen no matter what they did at UNC. They’re the greatest team on earth you know. The NCAA gave them their first title. If you can find a copy of the 1982 UNC/Alabam tournament game you’ll know why I think that. It made the 1972 Olympic finals look legit. And then there’s the other ACC teams like Duke with Corey Maggette admitting to receiving money from an agent yet not one sanction ever came about as a result of that. Funny how that works. If Kentucky had done that at the very least the kid would have been banned for life. Can we say Enes Kanter (who did exactly what the NCAA told him to do). His big mistake was transferring form Washington to UK. Ask Mark Emmert about that one. His prior job was at Washington.

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