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HBCUs and APRs

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

Eight Division I HBCUs face NCAA penalties due to low Academic Progress Rates. Schools can request a waiver from some or all of the penalities, and have done so in the past.

The penalty structure is based on three levels. Programs that continually post low APRs receive stricter punishment. Level One restricts team practices to allow for more study hall. Teams lose four hours and one day of practice per week during the season.

Level Two includes all of Level One restrictions, plus the elimination of spring football. (Ask North Carolina A&T about that.) Non-football programs face reduced games.

And finally is the postseason ineligibility.

Level One teams:

Alabama A&M: men’s basketball, football, women’s basketball, women’s cross country and women’s soccer

Florida A&M: women’s bowling

Grambling: men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s track and softball

Morgan State: women’s basketball and women’s track

Prairie View A&M: men’s basketball

Savannah State: baseball

Level Two teams:

Alabama A&M: baseball and men’s golf

Howard: men’s swimming and diving

Morgan State: men’s cross country

Savannah State: men’s basketball and football

Southern: men’s baseball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s track

Postseason ineligibility:

Alabama A&M: baseball, men’s basketball, men’s golf and women’s cross country

Grambling: men’s basketball, men’s cross country and men’s track

Howard: men’s swimming and diving

Savannah State: men’s basketball and football

Southern: men’s baseball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s track

In fairness to Southern, two of the Jaguars programs posted perfect scores of 1,000 – volleyball and tennis – on its 2015-16 APR, while men’s basketball produced its highest APR ever.

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