The Jackson Clarion-Ledger earlier this week broke the news that Jackson State University football will again be banned from the SWAC championship game as a result of poor four-year academic progress rates.
Additionally, the team faces a ban from spring practice in 2013 unless their appeal for a sanction waiver is accepted by the NCAA.
JSU’s APR, a rolling four-year figure the NCAA uses to evaluate academic performance, is 888, an improvement from a year ago but still 12 points shy of 900.
At 900, the NCAA penalties will end. Until that time, Jackson State will continue to fight to get such sanctions waived. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
According to the Clarion-Ledger report, Jackson State cleared its best APR score in school history during the 2010-2011 season, a 913, after increasing its number of graduating players from two in 2008-09 to nine last year. Waiver requests from the university to the NCAA last year were all denied, with the exception of the school being expelled from NCAA membership.
The news comes just days after members of the Jackson State football team were allegedly involved in an off-campus fight that preceded the fatal shooting of JSU freshman Nolan Henderson.