Indianapolis — The NCAA Board of Directors voted Thursday to ban Div. I teams with a four-year academic progress rate (APR) below 930 from participating in the postseason, including all NCAA tournaments and football bowl games.
It's a significant change from the APR structure now in place. Currently, teams with a four-year APR of 925 or below face penalties such as loss of scholarships. Only if a team falls below a 900 and is therefore considered a chronic under-performer will it face penalities that include postseason bans.
If the new rules were in effect last year, Kansas State, with a four-year APR score of 924, would not have been allowed to compete in the NCAA tourney.
In October, NCAA leaders will consider when the new rules will take effect.
There will be more discussion on how to implement the new APR structure and proposed sanctions in October. Walt Harrison, president of the University of Hartford and chairman of the committee on academic performance, said he expects the penalty structure to be phased in during a three- to five-year period.
And it’s likely any team with a substandard four-year average will be ineligible even if the team score is improving. Current rules allow teams to be granted waivers if a team score improves significantly.
“That’s one of the things we’ll have to study between now and October, but the direction I’m getting from the board is not too much leverage there,” Harrison said.