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PVAMU Announces Action Plan in Response to NCAA APR-Sanctions
Women's basketball will be penalized with shorter practice hours only
Football team has been ruled ineligible to participate in postseason competition
POSTED: May 19, 2020 -- 10:00 a.m. CT
Prairie View A&M Athletics released a statement pledging its commitment to better preparing student-athletes for academic success following the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) report.
APR is a team-based metric that factors in the academic eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each term and tracks their respective progress toward graduation. The NCAA requires all teams to maintain a minimum four-year average score of 930, which equates roughly to a 50% graduation rate.
The report revealed that both the PVAMU Football and Women’s Basketball teams achieved unsatisfactory APR scores. As a result, the football team has been ruled ineligible to participate in postseason competition such as the SWAC Football Championship, the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs and the Celebration Bowl.
Women's basketball will be penalized with shorter practice hours only.
In the university's official statement, PVAMU Athletics outlined corrective actions already underway to improve the student-athlete learning experience and ensure satisfactory progress in the future. A new Director of Athletic Support Services will be hired to monitor athletes' academic performance. This position will make needed changes to improve the academic performance of team members and oversee athletics academic advising and learning support programs.
In both adjusted net efficiency and team value index, the same performance against the same opponent will be valued more on the road than at a neutral site, and more at a neutral site than at home.
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