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Four MEAC, two SWAC teams banned from postseason by NCAA

The new APR info is out, and there is both good and bad news for HBCU programs in it. The good is that scores are up across the board. The bad, is that there is still a long way to go. All five FCS football programs and both men’s basketball program hit with postseason bans are HBCUs.

Four MEAC members won’t get a shot at competing for the Celebration Bowl, as Florida A&M, Howard, Morgan State and Savannah State were all hit with postseason bans for the 2016 football season. They will be joined by SWAC member Southern as the only programs hit with the ban, which mandates an APR of at least 930.

Both the MEAC and SWAC will have one team each unable to compete in the NCAA Tournament or any other postseason tournament as both Savannah State and Alcorn State were hit with bans.

The NCAA showed that HBCUs increased their average score from 918 to 956 in the last five years.

Southern was the most-penalized school, as baseball, men’s cross country, men’s track, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s track, softball and women’s basketball were all banned.

North Carolina A&T’s men’s basketball team was hit with a Level One penalty, losing four hours and one day of practice time per week in season.



  1. Patrick Brown

    April 20, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Well if the NCAA truly cares about student's grades (they dont) then why dont they provide these schools with financial help. These penalties ONLY affect small schools you almost NEVER hear about Major D-1 schools get hit with this crap and their players always jump to the league.

  2. Julius Coxswain

    April 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    The NCAA has provided some HBCUs with financial assistance to help with APR matters. I agree that these APR issues only impact smaller schools, but many of our HBCUs have horrible compliance officers and very few academic advisors relative to the number of student-athletes. I am glad the average APR scores are going up, but saddened to see so may HBCUs on the list.

  3. Unknown

    April 21, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    what is APR?

  4. Unknown

    April 21, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    What is APR? please translate

  5. Unknown

    April 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Academic Performance Rate

  6. fhsmct

    May 2, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    The APR is a farce in that it doesn't penalize “one and done” factories or schools like UNC, with serious academic scandals . . .

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