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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

NCAA report may hit schools hard

More than 700 teams fail to make academic grade

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— NCAA president Myles Brand wants college teams concerned as much about academic scores as final scores. If they aren't, they might be barred from NCAA tournaments.

Brand warned the underachievers Tuesday they could get hit with the NCAA's harshest sanctions - fewer scholarships, reductions in practice and even a postseason ban.

More than 700 of the 6,272 Division I teams fell short of the mandated cut score of 925 to avoid penalties, and 218 were assessed punishments ranging from warning letters to reductions in practice times.

Nearly 150 teams face potential scholarship losses, and another 26 are on the brink of a postseason ban because of poor academics.

As reported previously, Kansas University released its data regarding Academic Progress Rate in March, and the football team's four-year average score of 919 was below the NCAA's penalty-free floor of 925. That, coupled with the Jayhawks having two players leave school in poor academic standing last school year, meant Kansas had to forfeit two scholarships in its 2008 recruiting class.

Kansas administrators appealed the decision, based in part on the team's projected 56 percent graduation rate over the four-year span of the report, but were denied by the NCAA.

Kansas was one of only two BCS football programs - with Hawaii - to lose scholarships.

Kansas State's men's basketball team will lose one scholarship for the 2008-09 academic year.

Kansas State scored 880 on the APR report and was one of eight men's basketball teams from BCS conferences to be penalized. The Wildcats also were one of four teams - with Purdue, Southern California and Tennessee - from the 2008 the NCAA Tournament to receive sanctions.

Kansas State officials blamed the score on the three coaching changes at the school during the four-year span of the report.

"Academic reform is here to stay, and those penalties resemble what we give for major infractions. So these are serious penalties and there are a number of teams that received those," Brand said after releasing this year's Academic Progress Report. "Yes, there are individual institutions who have seen a steady decline (academically) over the last four years, and for them, the situation is dire."

Comments

FlaHawk 11 years, 7 months ago

KU football can not make excuses for past bad behavior. Coach Mangino must beheld accountable. They knew this was coming and failed to correct it.This is now all spin to deflect a glaring administrative oversight and mistake that continues to haunt the program year to year!Other schools (excuse me but Hawaii has always had an outlaw reputation) avoid this and it makes teh KU Athletic Department look poorly!

GrayHawker 11 years, 7 months ago

Best know what you are talking about before making brash statements.The 919 score reflected the years from 2002-2006. KU made the appeal from 2 years ago. The new scores to be released will show that KU has made substantial strides and that was the basis of their appeal.The first few years of that period reflected a bunch of kids that left with poor academics from Terry Allen's recruiting classes and the one year that MM swung for the fence in the JC ranks.So to make a statement that they "knew it was and failed to correct it" is a very, very poorly uninformed statement.

zissou 11 years, 7 months ago

This shouldn't be a problem for K-State basketball - what good are scholarships when you don't have any actual recruits lined up?

Bill Kackley 11 years, 7 months ago

FlahawkAs per usual you are showing signs of diarrhea of the mouth. Coach Mangino came into a program littered with a lack of discipline by his predecessor. He had to get rid of those bad apples and,I'll admit gambled on some jucos, which was a mistake but his program has steadily improved on the field and academically.

Marcia Parsons 11 years, 7 months ago

You say: "They knew this was coming and failed to correct it." Since this evaluation group works on results from four years or so in the past, it's a little late when you see that it's coming. The APR has barely been in existence longer than the period it covers. I'm sure they have corrected it for the future.

actorman 11 years, 7 months ago

"Other schools (excuse me but Hawaii has always had an outlaw reputation) avoid this and it makes teh KU Athletic Department look poorly!"Does that mean the KU Athletic Department is not good at looking? Just wondering.The fact is that not only are these results from the past but look at how close KU was. They had 919 when the minimum was 925. I confess that I don't know how the numbers are calculated, but it's not like KU's performance was horrible, just barely under the minimum. That being said, it hopefully is just a remnant from the not-so-glorious past.

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