Jacksonville State hoops hit by NCAA with postseason ban
by Al Muskewitz
Jun 20, 2012 | 1522 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville State men’s basketball team will face a ban from post-season play in the upcoming academic year as a result of its historical shortcomings related to its Academic Progress Rate.

The NCAA released the complete Division I APR report Wednesday and, as The Star reported Tuesday, the news was bad for the Gamecocks’ basketball program.

The Gamecocks posted a four-year APR of 889. The NCAA cutline for penalties is 900.

In addition to the postseason ban, the team will lose 10 days and three games off its schedule, be limited to 16 hours of practice per week, four hours per week of off-season work and 11 scholarships.

The Gamecocks’ postseason ban does not stem from their current APR score, but rather failing to fulfill the conditions of a previous waiver against penalties.

The JSU football team faced a postseason ban for its APR shortcomings in 2009.

“We are certainly disappointed with today’s announcement of our post season ban,” JSU president Bill Meehan said in a statement. “We are taking significant steps to improve the academic success of our men’s basketball program with an APR Improvement Plan to ensure that we meet and exceed the NCAA’s APR standards in the future.”

APR is a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter, taking into account eligibility, retention and graduation. This year’s report covers the academic years of 2007-08 to 2010-11.

In all 15 programs nationally received postseason bans – 10 in basketball -- perhaps none more famously that national basketball power Connecticut.

In the last three years of the current cycle – all under Green – the Gamecocks have posted scores of 940, 974 and 898. Their current multi-year score was strapped by a 769 left by former coach Mike LaPlante.

That score will come off the books on next year’s report.

Included in the APR Improvement Plan for basketball is adding a new position on Green’s staff that will direct men’s basketball operations, including student-athlete support services.

By being ineligible for the NCAA Tournament, the Gamecocks also are ineligible for the OVC Tournament, since the conference tournament winner earns the league’s automatic bid to the Big Dance. The Gamecocks will still play a full OVC schedule, with the games counting in the standings and toward any tiebreakers to determine tournament seedings.

“We have full confidence in the job Coach Green is doing in our men’s basketball program,” Meehan said. “(He) has improved his program’s status in the classroom and on the floor despite playing two of his first four seasons with less than the NCAA maximum of 13 scholarships.”

Attempts to reach Green and JSU athletics director Warren Koegel are ongoing.

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