APR Will Impact Cowboys Football

STILLWATER, Okla. - The NCAA is set to release Wednesday the APR (Academic Progress Rate) scores for member schools and their athletic programs, and sources have confirmed that Oklahoma State will be impacted in football. The Cowboys score in football will be below the required 930 (over a four-year period) or 940 (over a two-year period), and the OSU program will receive a penalty.

The expected penalty will be one less practice day each week during the upcoming season.

Already announced earlier this spring were poor results at Idaho and UNLV that have them banned from postseason bowls next season. The postseason ban is the most serious of APR penalties. Previously, UConn basketball received a postseason NCAA and conference tournament ban two seasons ago.

Sources have said Oklahoma State has cleaned up some policies, primarily with departing seniors that were training for the NFL Draft in the past and stayed enrolled but did not complete the academic work. Those same sources said that OSU's APR for football should be improved next year and clear of any penalty range.

A penalty of one less practice day each week during the season would leave head coach Mike Gundy and his staff needing to plot a weekly routine that minimizes the loss of a day for preparation.

Studying the past weekly schedule for the Cowboys, the most likely remedy would be to give the players Sunday and Monday off. In the past the players reported to the medical staff early Sunday afternoon and then got in a lift with the strength staff, met late Sunday afternoon to review the previous game, received a very early scouting report on the next opponent, and then had a light practice. The players would still check in Sunday with the medical staff, but the lift workout, meetings, and light practice would be eliminated.

There is no report on what the APR results will be for any of the other Oklahoma State teams, men or women, in advance of the announcement by the NCAA.

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