After exhaustive appeals, the NCAA made it official this weekend - UConn's men basketball team is banned from the NCAA Tournament this season.
The result came after the NCAA's Committee on Academic Performance denied to make any changes to the policy that resulted in UConn basketball's ban for poor academics.
If this is how Jim Calhoun finishes his career, well, it couldn't have happened to a better guy. (link NSFW if the f'bomb is frowned upon at work)
In addition to the postseason ban, UConn's practice time this season is reduced from six days a week to five and from 20 hours a week to 16.
APR (Academic Progress Rate) is a standard that attempts to measure how many student athletes are on track to graduate. In order to qualify for the NCAA tournament a team needs an average score of 900 over four years or a score of 930 over two years. UConn got an 826 in 2009-10, which was too much to overcome even with a very high score the following season.
The Big East voted in lockstep with the NCAA to keep UConn out of its tournament. As did the NCAA-affiliated NIT. The CBI is still on the table, I guess, so Jim Calhoun could end his career this year in all sorts of Zebra Pen glory.
I, for one, am very thankful Pitt's season isn't over before it begins. Go ahead, Jamie Dixon, do a victory lap:
Panthers basketball again in NCAA APR Top 10%.Congrats also to Notre Dame (only other Big East school) and Duke (only ACC school).— Jamie Dixon (@CoachDixon) June 29, 2012