Connecticut to Miss Basketball Postseason After Appeal Fails
The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team will miss next year’s postseason after an appeal against a ban for failing to meet minimum academic standards was rejected by the college sports governing body.
The decision was based on the team’s Academic Performance Rate -- a measurement of how well sports teams move their athletes toward graduation -- from 2007-08 through 2010-11. Teams that fail to stay on course to graduate about 50 percent of their athletes are subject to penalties ranging from less practice time to a loss of scholarships and a postseason ban.
“While we as a university and coaching staff clearly should have done a better job academically with our men’s basketball student-athletes in the past, the changes we have implemented have already had a significant impact and have helped us achieve the success we expect in the classroom,” men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun said in a statement. “We will continue to strive to maintain that success.”
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