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UNCW men's basketball draws academic penalty

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- UNCW scored over the NCAA's prescribed mark for Academic Progress Rates in every sport for the 2009-10 season, with the exception of men's basketball, according to the latest report released Tuesday by the NCAA.

The APR has measured the eligibility and retention rates among NCAA Division I student-athletes since 2005. UNCW fell below the NCAA standard in men's basketball, resulting in a penalty of one scholarship, and the penalty was taken during the recent 2010-11 season.

UNCW's four-year APR for men's basketball was 922 out of a possible 1,000 points, just three points below the cut-off for penalties.

"The APR is designed to provide insight into past performance and, unfortunately, many factors led to our low number in men's basketball," said Jimmy Bass, UNCW's first-year athletic director. "We take a great deal of pride in the academic accomplishments of all our student-athletes. We're making some necessary adjustments and putting an academic improvement plan in place to make sure this situation doesn't occur again in the future."

The APR is a multi-year rate based on the most recent four years of data. The scores reported on Tuesday averages scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

The Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 925 and 900 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. Every team posting an APR score below 925 is required to develop a specific plan. Teams posting APR scores below 900 must submit those plans to the NCAA national office for review.

This year marks the seventh year of APR data for most teams. It also is the sixth year of immediate (or contemporaneous) penalties for teams that score below 925 APR and have a student-athlete who leaves school academically ineligible.

article courtesy UNCW Sports Information

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