NCAA Won’t Hear Appeal for Southern Post-Season Reinstatement
Perryn Keys of the Advocate yesterday reported that the NCAA will not hear a request from Southern University for a waiver of its ban of the men’s basketball team from postseason play.
“On behalf of the Southern men’s basketball program, I would like to express our disappointment in our waiver request failing to warrant consideration in the view of the NCAA,” interim athletic director Sandy Pugh said in a statement. “However, we continue to make every effort to ensure that the academic progress our men’s basketball program has made will continue and will encourage all athletic programs to strive to excel academically and athletically.” (The Advocate)
Southern football and men’s basketball were banned from postseason competition this year for poor academic progress rates over a recent three-year assessment. Southern’s men’s basketball team, currently second in the SWAC, posted a perfect APR score for the fall 2011 semester.