The University of Connecticut (UConn) men’s basketball team will be barred from participating in the 2012-13 post-season after the institution lost its final appeal to the NCAA. Specifically, the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance (CAP) denied UConn’s final appeal of a post-season ban on its men’s basketball team for the 2012-13 season because of the team’s past cumulative Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores (which measures academic performance). The UConn men’s basketball team is ineligible because it failed to meet the minimum APR score of 930. UConn appealed to the CAP after its initial request for a waiver was denied in February. This is the first year the NCAA has issued post-season bans to sanction institutions with low APR scores.
The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends NCAA Division I institutions continue to monitor APR scores for all sports teams and implement aggressive improvement plans to increase the APR scores of at-risk student-athletes and teams.