New NCAA sanctions make Southern teams ineligible for postseason
BATON ROUGE - Sanctions released by the NCAA on Wednesday mean a total of 10 Southern University athletic programs will be ineligible for postseason play in the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year.
While the entirety of SU’s athletic program was reinstated from a two-year ban from postseason play 11 months ago, inadequate Academic Progress Rates in the school’s yearly review mean the NCAA has brought new sanctions.
According to the NCAA, in order to compete in the 2016-17 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR. NCAA member representatives chose the 930 standard because that score predicts a 50 percent graduation rate for the team. Additionally, teams must earn at least a 930 APR to avoid penalties.
The impacted teams at Southern include baseball, men’s cross country, men’s track, football, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s track, softball and women’s volleyball.
The Jags have been sanctioned three times in the past four academic years due to issues with APR.
"Southern University athletics continues to implore broad-based strategies to address many of the academic performance challenges facing low-resource institutions. Despite ongoing efforts, which include the hiring of additional compliance and academic support personnel and establishing several corrective actions, nine SU athletic programs will be ineligible for the postseason in 2016-17," said Southern University Interim Athletics Director Roman Banks.
"The athletic department's main objective remains to press forward through our current APR penalties as a result of the unusable data ban while maintaining a great working relationship with the NCAA to regain postseason eligibility and to successfully meet the academic standards set by the Academic Performance Program," concluded Banks.