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Connecticut, Nine Other Basketball Teams Banned From Postseason

The University of Connecticut and nine other men’s basketball teams are ineligible for the 2012-13 postseason for failing to meet required academic standards.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association yesterday released its latest four-year Academic Progress Rates, or APR, which are based on scores from the 2007-11 academic years. A total of 15 teams face postseason bans: 10 men’s basketball programs, three football teams, one men’s soccer team and one wrestling squad.

“Just as a team needs a winning record to make the playoffs or the tournament, they need a winning record in the classroom as well,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement.

Connecticut, which won its most recent NCAA men’s basketball title in 2011, scored 889, short of the NCAA’s requirement of 900 in the APR, which are based on the eligibility and retention of each athlete on scholarship. The threshold in the next few years will climb to 930 (out of 1,000), which equates to a 50 percent graduation success rate.

California State-Bakersfield, Jacksonville State, Mississippi Valley State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Towson University, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, University of California-Riverside, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and the University of Toledo also face postseason basketball bans.

Connecticut previously lost an appeal to the NCAA for a waiver on its postseason ban. Huskies Athletic Director Wade Manuel said he still wants the NCAA to consider whether to implement the postseason ban. He added that the basketball team had an APR score of 978 during its championship season and that the change in legislation for penalties “gave the illusion” that schools had time to adjust to the new requirements.

Approach Questioned

“The approach to APR marks the first time in the history of the NCAA that it has ever implemented an academic rule significantly impacting current student-athletes without allowing the members time to adjust to the adoption of the legislation,” Manuel said in a statement.

The NCAA said the most recent four-year APR average for Division I schools is 973, up three points from last year. The average in men’s basketball is 950, up five points.

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