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NCAA APR Report Card. FAU Golf cited

This is the report card they talked about last year. The penalties are cutting scholarships for those affected.

Look at the link to the right with the NCAA Logo. For a quick look at who is involved, click on"All teams subject to sanctions". The other links also have some good info regarding the grading, who is affected, and how it works.

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NCAA grade report cites 65 schools for scholarship penalties
By Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY
The NCAA on Wednesday announced that 99 teams at 65 different Division I schools will be subject to scholarship reductions because of poor academic performance.
The sanctions, announced along with the NCAA's second annual academic progress rate (APR) report, are the first phase in the association's effort to promote academic reform at its highest level of competition. (Related: APR Q&A)

Of the 99 teams affected, 90 were in men's sports. These included 23 in football, 21 in baseball and 17 in men's basketball.

In most cases the cuts will take effect in 2006-07. However, some schools already have made cuts. The number and identity of those schools was not revealed.

NCAA President Myles Brand said the numbers were, nevertheless, encouraging. He points out that the 99 programs are less than 2% of the 6,112 total sports teams that compete in Division I.

"The bottom line is this ? we are highly encouraged by the latest round of APR data," Brand said. "Our goal is not to sanction teams and schools but to change behavior."

Last year's initial APR data indicated 350 teams were at risk of incurring penalties. Some programs escaped sanctions because of adjustments for squad size, which will be gradually phased out over the next three years.

Others were granted waivers based on "institutional mission" or other extenuating circumstances. But Brand also said some high-profile programs took steps to improve academic performance.

"That's the good news," he said. "We are really working hard to make sure that every coach, every student athlete and every athletic director knows that if you're going to play in our games, you're going to have to be a real student."

However, data provided by the NCAA show that without squad-size adjustments or waivers, 943 teams still would have a two-year average APR score below the cutoff of 925 that could trigger penalties.

Fourteen teams in the USA TODAY/ESPN men's basketball top 25 are below the cutoff, including No. 2 Connecticut (889), No. 7 Texas (861) and No. 21 LSU (860). But, lacking an adjustment or waiver, a scholarship is lost only when a team has a student-athlete leave while academically ineligible.

Last year the unadjusted total below the cutoff was 1,198 teams.

No football programs among the six conferences with automatic Bowl Championship Series participation were subject to penalties.

But data collection was not completed for several schools from those leagues, including Texas A&M and Kansas of the Big 12 and Arizona and Arizona State of the Pacific-10, pending appeals.

Other schools whose APR data has not been released are Northern Arizona, San Diego State, San Jose State and Tulane. Eight of the 23 football programs sanctioned play at the Division I-A level.

Four of the 17 men's basketball programs subject to penalties belong to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, comprised of historically black schools.

"Historically black colleges have been underfunded since their beginning," MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas said. "You have other large state schools that spend all kinds of dollars on academic support systems and recruiting. We have to do more with less."


Q. How is the academic progress rate calculated?

A. Every student-athlete contributes up to two points per semester or quarter: one point for being enrolled and one point for being on track to graduate. The total points earned are divided by the total possible points. A 13-member basketball team, for example, could earn 52 points at a semester-based school. If the team earns 47 points, that's 90.3%, a score of 903. A one-time bonus point is earned when an athlete graduates. A team can be subject to penalties if its score is below 925, a figure the NCAA calculates as a predictor of a 60% graduation rate. Not every team falling below this line is penalized. This year the formula includes a squad-size adjustment to accommodate for a low sample size and two years of data. Sports with smaller rosters, such as basketball, have a larger squad-size adjustment.

Q. How are penalties enforced?

A. Up to 10% of scholarships can be taken away. In Division I-A football, for example, 85 scholarships are available and a maximum of nine scholarships can be lost. Affected teams must accept the penalties at their earliest opportunity ? this year or next ? but institutions must honor their commitments to student-athletes already signed or enrolled.

Q. Are scholarship reductions the only penalties?

A. Right now yes. Over the next couple of years, historical penalties will be phased in for teams that continue to underperform. Sanctions then could include restrictions on recruiting, reduction of schedules and postseason bans.

Q. How do APR penalties affect programs already operating with reduced scholarships because of NCAA rules infractions?

A. It's a double whammy. The APR reductions will be added to any loss of scholarships in place.

Q. Why were so many baseball teams affected?

A. Baseball has several factors working against it. The sport's heavy travel schedule, the large number of players leaving school early to turn professional and a high transfer rate compared with football and basketball could account for some of the low numbers.
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NCAA APR Report Card. FAU Golf cited

The good news, or bad news depending on your point of view, is ULL and ULM basketball will be hit with a scholarship penalty. 10% is the max, so i assume that means 1 scholarship for basketball programs.

Could be up to 9 for football (10% of 85). Temple received that.
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