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SU basketball, bowling to miss postseason play

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Posted: Feb 27, 2014 4:59 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Feb 27, 2014 4:59 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - The NCAA barred Southern University's winter sports teams from playing in the postseason as they continue to investigate issues with the school's academic eligibility paperwork.

The NCAA said both the men and women's basketball teams, as well as the women's bowling teams, will be barred from postseason competition.

The decision eliminates playoff hopes for the two basketball squads, which both currently have 13-2 records.

The problem stems from eligibility and retention data Southern has to submit to the NCAA's Academic Performance Program, which the NCAA found in December 2013 to be incomplete and inaccurate. Without it, Southern can't prove its teams meet the minimum academic standards all Division 1 schools are required to pass in order to participate in postseason play.

The NCAA previously said if Southern met a number of deadlines to submit corrected paperwork the teams would be able to play in upcoming tournaments. Today, they said Southern still had a "significant amount of work" to do, so a postseason ban for all teams would stay in effect.

Southern said they are still working with the NCAA to hopefully restore their spring sports' eligibility.

Sports 2 will have more details coming up in tonight's broadcasts.

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