Fans: Threat of Southern post season ban isn't fair
BATON ROUGE - The NCAA could ban all Southern University teams from post season play over a paperwork problem.
Individual sports teams like football and basketball have received post season bans in the past, but this time, all athletic teams are at risk.
"It's devastating to the school, the faculty, and definitely the student body," said Southern junior Laron Addison.
Southern has been in hot water with the NCAA since 2011, when the Student First Initiative was formed, after receiving initial poor academic progress rates.
"It's not fair for the new students coming out, trying to play ball and get to the championship and they can't because of the old teams," said student Devin Buckles.
Southern athletics officials said they were first notified about the issues in December and have been working with the NCAA to get the correct paperwork in order. If unresolved, the greatest impact would be to winter sports including indoor track, bowling and basketball.
Both men's and women's basketball team are ranked 10-1 and favored to win the SWAC championship title.
The NCAA said if Southern met deadlines for submitting the paperwork, the ban would be lifted in time for them to compete in upcoming tournaments.
"Yes, it's a temporary setback, and yes there's some shock and some disappointment up front," said Southern Athletic Director William Broussard. "Again, it's incumbent on us to continue, to encourage our student athletes and for me, and the athletic department staff to continue to encourage our coaches."
The Southwestern Athletic Conference tournaments begin March 11. The university has until next Friday to meet the NCAA deadline, or there won't be any post season basketball games.