17 D-I Teams Barred From Postseason Due To Academic Progress Rate

The NCAA has banned 17 Division I teams, including many HBCUs, for failing to meet academic standards.

The NCAA confirmed that 17 Division I teams across multiple sports have been deemed ineligible for postseason play for 2017-18 as a result of low Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. The list is down from 23 last year.

The APR measures eligibility and progress toward graduation for teams’ athletes. Schools are mandated to achieve a score of 930 (out of 1,000) to avoid penalties.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities are heavily represented among the ineligible teams, including the men’s basketball teams of Alabama A&M, Grambling and Savannah State. Four programs at Southern University will miss the 2017-18 postseason including men’s baseball, men’s cross country, men’s track and women’s cross country.

The NCAA said, however, that the overall average scores at HBCUs have risen from 916 to 956 since 2010. Over the past two years, the NCAA has permitted teams from HBCUs and “limited resource” schools/universities to avoid some penalties by meeting specific academic criteria, which include a graduation rate for athletes that exceeds the general student body.

The NCAA has also allotted additional funds to underfunded schools which aid in academic support.

The most high-profile university facing APR penalty is Southeast Missouri State, whose men’s basketball team is banned from 2017-18 postseason play.

Per the NCAA, the overall four-year APR from the 2015-16 academic year is 981, up two points from last year. Football increased from 959 to 962, while men’s basketball improved from 964 to 966.

The specific penalties for each team are listed on the school’s report in the APR searchable database.

Level One penalties concern practice restrictions, which provide additional time for programs to focus on academics. Teams facing this penalty lose four hours plus one day of practice time per week during the season. The lost practice time is intended to be replaced with academic activities. For 2017-18, 16 teams face this level of penalty.

Level Two penalties contain the Level One penalty in addition to a reduction of four hours of practice time out of season, which is intended to be replaced with academic activities. At a Level Two penalty, the team’s non-championship season, or spring football, is eliminated. Teams without non-championship seasons will face a reduced number in games/matches/meets. For 2017-18, 10 teams fall into this category.

PENALTY CHART

Postseason ineligibility

► Alabama A&M: Baseball, men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s cross country

► Grambling: Men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s track

► Howard: Men’s swimming and diving

► Morgan State: Men’s cross country

► Savannah State: Men’s basketball, football

► Southeast Missouri State: Men’s basketball

► Southern University: Men’s baseball, men’s cross country, men’s track, women’s cross country

► Illinois-Chicago: Men’s cross country

Level One Penalties

► Alabama A&M: Men’s basketball, football, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s soccer

► Florida A&M: Women’s bowling

► Grambling: Men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s track, softball

► Morgan State: Women’s basketball, women’s track

► Prairie View A&M: Men’s basketball

► Savannah State: Baseball

► Southeast Missouri State: Men’s basketball

► Illinois-Chicago: Men’s cross country

Level Two Penalties

► Alabama A&M: Baseball, men’s golf

► Howard: Men’s swimming and diving

► Morgan State: Men’s cross country

► Savannah State: Men’s basketball, football

► Southern University: Men’s baseball, men’s cross country, men’s track, women’s cross country

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