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OUCH!: Low Academic Progress numbers from NCAA knock NC A&T, Hampton and Texas Southern football out of postseason.




The Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) has announced that Norfolk State and Alabama A&M will receive the Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award for the MEAC and SWAC. The APR Award recognizes one institution at each of the 14 FCS conferences that has the highest APR score. In addition, the Association also recognizes one institution from each conference that has improved the most from the previous year. Tennessee State has been identied as showing the most improvement in the Ohio Valley Conference while Bethune Cookman (MEAC) and Texas Southern (SWAC) showed the most improvement in their conferences. "I am very pleased that our football student-athletes performed at a high level academically to earn this award for the third straight year," NSU Athletics Director Marty L. Miller said. "I along with the assistant coaches and the academic enhancement team work extremely hard at keeping the student-athletes advancing academically," AAMU head football coach Anthony Jones said, Institutions received their awards during the FCS ADA Luncheon sponsored by UPS, on Monday, June 25 in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.


Two former Hampton University track & eld standouts have qualied for Team USA at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Kellie Wells earned one of three automatic qualifying spots in the women's 100-meter hurdles nals on Saturday to make the team. Wells ran a 12.77, nishing second in the nal to Dawn Harper. Lolo Jones came in third to complete the trio heading to London at the end of next month for the Summer Olympics. Former Lady Pirate Francena McCorory qualied for the USA team on Sunday, nishing third in the 400 meters after running a 50.43. Sanya Richards-Ross won the event with a 49.28 which tied the meet record and Dee Dee Trotter came in second with a 50.02 to make up Team USAs qualiers. "I usually dont run like that," McCorory said. "I usually get out very slow, but I wanted to get a good start. I ran until my wheels fell off. "I wouldnt say I ran the smartest race, but I wanted to make the team." Former Norfolk State standout Debbie Dunn just missed making the team outright nishing fourth in the 400-meter nal. Dunn, the 2010 World Indoor and USA Outdoor champion in the 400 meters, still stands a good chance of being selected for the USA 4x400 meter relay team. Former North Carolina A&T sprinter Calessio Newman made it to the seminals of the 100 meter dash. His time of 10.32 did not qualify for the nals. Newman will compete in the 200 meters beginning Friday at 1:45 p.m. His time of 20.31 is seventh best entering the competition.

Former Hampton duo qualies for U. S. Olympic Track & Field team




Virginia State quartermiler Samatha Edwards ran a time of 54.45 in the preliminary round of the women's 400 meters and did not advance to the seminals. Former Hampton sprinter Yvette Lewis ran 13.24 in the 100 meter hurdles and did not advance.
Other HBCU products to compete at Olympic Trials David Oliver, Howard - 110 meter hurdles; Oliver is tied for the third best qualifying time of 13.13. Aries Merritt has the best time of 13.03 Ronnie Ash, Bethune-Cookman - 110 meter hurdles; Ash is tied for sixth best qualifying time of 13.20 Men's 110-meter hurdles preliminaries begin at 4:05 p.m. on Friday, June 29. The seminals are Saturday at 4:20 p.m with the nals at 6:40 p.m. Bershawn Jackson, Saint Augustine's - 400 meter hurdles; Jackson has the third best qualifying time of 48.20. Jeshua Anderson has the best time of 47.93 Michael Tinsley, Jackson State 400 meter hurdles; Tinsley has the seventh best qualifying time of 48.83. Men's 400 meter hurdles preliminaries begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. The seminals are on Friday, June 29 beginning at 3:35. The nal is Sunday, July 1 at 4:12 p.m. Virginia State Assistant Track Coach Jernail Hayes - 400 meter hurdles; Had qualifying time of 56:30. The prelims begin Thursday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. The semis are Friday at 3:30 with the nals on Sunday at 4:02 p.m.

HBCUs and the APR: Red Alert?

By ALVIN HOLLINS JR. The NCAA is apparently very serious about the student side of the student-athlete concept, based on its' announcements last week banning member schools from postseason play in various sports in the wake of the annual release of Academic Progress Rate (APR) reports for Division I. In basketball alone, 10 schools, headed by 2010 men's national champion UConn, were banned from the 2013 NCAA Tournament, along with Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State and Grambling State. Grambling's ban was extended for a second year. In football, Hampton, North Carolina A&T and Texas Southern were among the programs banned from the Division I FCS playoffs. Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs) have struggled with the Division I academic standards, mainly in football and men's basketball, since the NCAA began a concerted effort to raise the academic performances of the student-athletes at member institutions in the 1980s. And now NCAA Division I is raising the bar over the next three years, moving the "passing grade" number from the original 925 to 930 by 2015, with more stringent sanctions for non-compliance on the table. Those new sanctions, which are much stronger than the current array of penalties, include greater scholarship and practice time reductions, multiyear postseason bans, individual sanctions on athletic directors and head coaches, and worst of all, restricted membership status for an institution. That means the school's entire athletics program is penalized and will not be considered a part of Division I. Breaking Down The APR The APR, is a metric developed by the NCAA to track the academic achievement of teams each academic term, awarding one (1) point to each scholarship student-athlete for staying in school, and one (1) point for being academically eligible. A teams total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by one thousand (1,000) to equal the teams Academic Progress Rate score. The NCAA calculates the rate as a rolling, four-year gure that takes into account all the points student-athletes could earn for remaining in school and academically eligible during that four-year period. For HBCUs, whose nancial resources are far below that of schools in the major conferences, making the 925 grade in the major sports has been a challenge, and some schools have not only fallen below that mark, but have scored below the absolute Mendoza Line of 900, which opens them up for a range of sanctions. But since HBCUs and many other Division I schools are having difculty with the increasing standards, the NCAA is gradually raising the bar
Conference rankings are broken down based on the 930 APR baseline, which will be in full effect in 2015-16 in NCAA Division I. Only schools at 930 and above would be eligible for NCAA postseason play beginning in 2015-16. MEAC FOOTBALL 2010-11 937-Norfolk State 935-Bethune-Cookman 934-North Carolina Central 926-Howard 922-Florida A&M 921-Savannah State 919-Morgan State 906-Delaware State 903-South Carolina State 881-North Carolina A&T* 880-Hampton* *-Postseason ban MEAC MENS BASKETBALL (2010-11) 965-Hampton 934-North Carolina A&T 927-Savannah State 926-South Carolina State 926-Norfolk State 913-Howard 907-Bethune-Cookman 904-Florida A&M 899-Morgan State 898-Maryland-Eastern Shore 894-Delaware State 893-North Carolina Central 862-Coppin State MEAC WOMENS BASKETBALL 2010-11 971-North Carolina Central 964-Hampton 962-Morgan State 956-South Carolina State 950-Delaware State 944-Howard University 940-North Carolina A&T 936-Bethune-Cookman 930-Norfolk State 921-Maryland-Eastern Shore 917-Florida A&M 914-Coppin State 907-Savannah State SWAC FOOTBALL 2010-11 937-Alabama A&M 928-Arkansas-Pine Bluff 927-Alcorn State 917-Grambling 909-Southern 905-Mississippi Valley 893-Prairie View 888-Jackson State 883-Alabama State 811-Texas Southern* *-Postseason ban SWAC MENS BASKETBALL (2010-11) 906-Alcorn State 906-Jackson State 903-Prairie View 902-Alabama A&M 899-Texas Southern 885-Arkansas Pine Bluff * 865-Mississippi Valley State* 862-Southern 858-Grambling* 820-Alabama State *-Postseason ban SWAC WOMENS BASKETBALL 2010-11 986-Alabama A&M 972-Grambling 955-Southern 955-Prairie View 948-Arkansas Pine Bluff 938-Alabama State 935-Mississippi Valley 934-Alcorn State 911-Jackson State 901-Texas Southern

THE HBCU APR REPORT CARD * Football/Basketball * 2010-11


FROM N.C. A&T STATE UNIVERSITY The NCAA has handed the North Carolina A&T football team a postseason ban for the 2012 season. The Aggies practice time has also been reduced to 16 hours over ve days during the season and four hours of four days during the offseason. The Aggies were awarded their full allotment of 63 scholarships and 30 initials. "We are working harder each and every day to make sure we are graduating young men and women who are ready to take on the global challenges of the workforce," said Athletics Director Earl Hilton. "I want to make sure our student-athletes are taking full advantage of the academic opportunities afforded them at North Carolina A&T, an outstanding institution of higher learning. The numbers that were released today will improve. We have stability at our head coaching position and the university supports our academic efforts 100 percent. I'm excited to see our scholarships returned, but we have to keep improving. We're not satised with where we are. The lost hours will be used to make sure we're progressing academically. Our goal is to play postseason football routinely, and to see the members of those championship teams receive undergraduate and graduate degrees." FROM HAMPTON UNIVERSITY Dr. William R. Harvey, President of Hampton University stated that, "I'm in favor of raised standards for our sports teams and the fact that Hampton is being punished does not change my opinion. All of Hampton's programs except football have exceeded the NCAA standards. The challenge for the football program is to join our other athletic programs and I'm condent that this will take place very soon." Hampton has already put in place measures to improve the academic performance of the football team. "There will be an increased emphasis on academics for our team," said Hampton Head Football Coach Donovan Rose. "We have increased the academic standards for incoming recruits and we believe that our APR will be signicantly better in years to come."




SWAC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY Monday, July 16 - 10 a.m. Birmingham, AL Birmingham Marriott SIAC FOOTBALL MEDIA LUNCHEON Tuesday, July 17 - 12:30 p.m. Atlanta, GA Location: TBA CIAA FOOTBALL PRESS LUNCHEON Thursday, July 19 - 11:30 a.m. Ettrick, VA Gateway Dining Event Center Virginia State University MEAC FOOTBALL KICKOFF LUNCHEON Friday, July 20 - 12 p.m. Norfolk, VA Sheraton Waterside Hotel
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to 930 over a three-year period, particularly for those programs that have fallen below 900: In 2013: 910 will be the rock bottom number. In 2014: 920 will be the rock bottom number. In 2015: 930 will be the rock bottom number. In football, this means Texas Southern (811), North Carolina A&T (880) and Hampton (881) are in danger of not only being banned this year, but if their numbers don't improve, they could face a multi-year ban, and possible athletic department-wide sanctions. And if 930 were used as a baseline today, only Alabama A&M (937), Norfolk State (937), Bethune-Cookman (935) and North Carolina Central (934) would be eligible for the postseason football playoffs, meaning 17 of the 21 schools

in HBCU conferences (MEAC, SWAC) would be out of the money before the season began. Men's basketball is even worse as ironically, Hampton (965) and North Carolina A&T (934) would be the ONLY HBCUs scoring above 930 out of 23 schools in the MEAC and SWAC. This could essentially devastate both leagues nancially, as their conference tournaments would have to be cancelled with no automatic NCAA Tournament bid (and the rst-round paycheck) available. Thus, HBCUs have a choice to make as institutions and conferences: Redouble their efforts to make winning academically as much a priority as competitive success (including recruiting smarter, and putting robust support programs in place), or suffer a further loss of face as more sanctions come down upon these programs, which will ultimately impact the nancial bottom line.


There are 35 Division I teams facing penalties in 2012-13 for not meeting the mark academically. This means they posted an APR score below 900. The NCAAs revised penalty structure has three levels, with penalties increasing in severity at each level. The specic penalties for each team are listed on their schools penalty report in the APR searchable database. LEVEL ONE penalties focus on practice restrictions so teams can focus on academics. Teams facing this penalty lose four hours of practice time one day per week. That time must be replaced with academic activities. There are 26 teams this year with this level of penalty. LEVEL TWO penalties include the Level One penalty, along with a reduction of four hours of practice time out of season replaced with academic activities. This level also includes the elimination of the non-championship season or spring football. Teams without a nonchampionship season face a reduced number of contests. There are no teams in this penalty category this year due to the transition from the prior penalty structure. LEVEL THREE penalties include all Level One and Two penalties, plus a menu of potential additional penalties. These can include nancial aid reductions; additional practice and contest restrictions; coach-specic penalties (including game and recruiting restrictions); restricted access to practice for incoming students who fall below certain academic standards; restricted membership; and potential multi-year bans on postseason competition. There are nine teams this year with this level of penalty. HBCUs facing Level One APR penalties Alabama State: mens basketball, football Chicago State: mens track indoor& outdoor Delaware State: mens basketball Florida A&M: womens volleyball Hampton: football N. C. Central: mens cross country, mens track indoor & outdoor Prairie View A&M: football, mens track indoor & outdoor South Carolina State: mens track indoor Southern: mens track indoor & outdoor University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff: mens basketball HBCUs facing Level Three APR penalties Chicago State: womens cross country Grambling State: mens basketball Mississippi Valley State: mens basketball North Carolina A&T State: football Texas Southern: football University of Maryland, Eastern Shore: mens basketball SOURCE: