UConn's NCAA Ban Finalized

It's official now. The Connecticut men's basketball team will not be playing in the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament.

The NCAA Committee on Academic Performance concluded its July meeting Friday and decided not to change the timetable it adopted in October for using APR scores to determine postseason eligibility. This final act came as no surprise as the NCAA has been saying that would be the case since it rejected UConn's most recent appeal in April.

Since UConn falls short of the APR standards, the Huskies will be banned from postseason play. The Big East has said that UConn will also not be included in the Big East tournament in New York as a result of the NCAA sanctions.

UConn associate director of athletics Mike Enright said the school still disagrees with the ruling. UConn had based its appeal on the data collecting process that changed last October. If the NCAA used the most recent set of APR scores, UConn would still be eligible.

"[Athletic director] Warde Manuel and [president] Susan Herbst still believe in the points we made in our appeal. "UConn still strongly believes that the process could have been changed to count the scores from the most recent academic years toward eligibility in 2013."

Here's a statement from CAP chairman Walter Harrison:

Statement from Walter Harrison

Committee on Academic Performance Reaffirms APR Timing

"During our July 12-13 meeting, the Division I Committee on Academic Performance reviewed and reaffirmed our current policies and procedures regarding Academic Progress Rate (APR) data and implementation of academic penalties and/or postseason eligibility.

"These policies were originally devised after considering several important conditions and objectives that are desired in the Division I Academic Performance Program (APP), as listed below.

1. Penalty decisions should be based on a body of data sufficient to support valid decisions;

2. Procedures should provide adequate time for a fair and deliberate process that ensures that data are correct and all waiver requests put forward by a school are given thorough review;

3. Data used in making decisions on penalties or eligibility for postseason competition should be as close as practicable in time to the implementation of those decisions; and

4. Procedures should enable consideration of student-athletes' interests in transferring if their own academic performances have been strong and they are in their last season of eligibility.

"After discussion over several meetings, the committee concluded the current process is effective and achieves a careful and appropriate balance among these factors. We expect to continue with these policies and procedures in the future."

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