FAU Basketball avoids postseason ban after release of latest academic progress rate scores, Men’s Tennis does not

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Head basketball coach Michael Curry is in his first summer on the job — come fall, he will begin his first season as a college coach with a team that was almost barred from postseason play.

The NCAA released academic progress rate scores for each team at every school in the country today and FAU basketball just barely reached the threshold that, if not met, would have resulted in consequences for the program.

FAU basketball scored a 937 for the 2012-2013 academic year. The academic progress rate threshold to avoid punishment is 930 -up from 900 last year.

Meghan Durham of NCAA Media Relations sent the following in an email to the UP regarding how the academic progress rate is calculated.

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       Each scholarship student-athlete on a given team can earn two points toward the team’s [academic progress rate] score. One [point] is for being academically eligible to compete, and the other is returning to school. The chart below illustrates how a football team’s [academic progress rate] would be calculated, as an example.

FAU basketball saw eight scholarship players transfer in its two most recent off seasons. There was concern within the program last month that sanctions may have been coming because of those transfers.

The unrest was unfounded after all, but there is one team that faces punishment. FAU men’s tennis is ineligible for postseason play this coming year, managing an academic progress rate of 928 — just two points short of the minimum required to avoid penalties.

In addition to the postseason ban, the tennis program will have their practice time reduced by four hours and one day per week for the entirety of the next season. Academic activities fill the time where practice would have been taking place.

Below are the 2012-2013 academic progress rate scores for every FAU sports team. The mark to beat is 930 to avoid penalties:

Men’s Sports Points
Baseball 982
Football 940
Basketball 937
Cross Country 978
Golf 984
Soccer 955
Swimming 964
Tennis 928

*(practice time reduction, postseason eligibility)

Women’s Sports Points
Softball 979
Basketball 967
Cross Country 993
Golf 1000
Soccer 963
Swimming 983
Tennis 992
Indoor Track 974
Outdoor Track 974
Volleyball 987

*Perfect Score

Wesley Wright is the sports editor of the University Press. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @NotEvenWes.