Ban becomes official for UConn men's basketball due to subpar APR
Cromwell - UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said Wednesday the school would continue to fight what it believes was an unfair process that led to the banning of its men's basketball team from the 2013 postseason, but he does not believe the punishment will be overturned.
His comments came as the NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate report for the 2010-2011 academic year, and UConn, as expected, received a 978 of a possible 1,000.
Manuel, in Cromwell to participate in the pro-am event at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship, called the score "outstanding."
But it is not high enough to offset low scores from previous years and allow the team to qualify for the tournament.
Under rules implemented last October, the NCAA requires a team to have a 900 average over four years or a 930 over two years to qualify for its postseason.
Connecticut men's basketball scored 826 on the APR for 2009-10. The school's four-year score is 889 and its two-year average is 902.
UConn knew last fall it would be banned and in January filed an appeal for an NCAA waiver, citing improving academics and other changes in the program. But that appeal was denied.
Manuel said the school was still urging the NCAA to use data from 2011-12, something he says would make the school eligible. He said the team expects another high score for the season that just ended, though all those numbers are not yet in.
The NCAA's Committee on Academic Performance is expected to discuss the rule changes at a meeting next month, but Manuel said the school holds out "little hope" that anything will change before next year's tournament.
"It doesn't mean we are going to roll over and just accept it and not talk about it," Manuel said.
He said he had not been in contact with any of the other schools facing a postseason ban and is not contemplating legal action.
"I feel we have to react to this in the process," he said. "And that's why I'm so frustrated that the process of the NCAA was accelerated and didn't give us time. But we are a member of the NCAA and we are part of the process."
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