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UConn men out of appeals; won't play in 2013 NCAA tournament

It's official.

The NCAA denied the University of Connecticut men's basketball team's appeal to play in the 2013 NCAA tournament. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The University of Connecticut men's basketball team will not compete in the 2013 NCAA tournament due to poor academic performance from its athletes, reports the Hartford Courant.  The NCAA Committee on Academic Performance met Friday without making any changes in policies saying that the 826 score the team acquired for the 2009-10 season was simply not good enough.

Under the new standards and penalty structure beginning in 2014, schools will have to maintain a 930 APR over a four-year rolling average. Next year, schools will need to have a 930 over two years or 900 over four years. UConn, which scored an 826 for the 2009-10 academic year, was therefore eliminated as soon as the rules were adopted.

The Huskies season will end after they play their final regular season game in March. The team also will not compete in the Big East Tournament.

"After discussion over several meetings, the committee concluded the current process is effective and achieves a careful and appropriate balance," chair of the Committee on Academic Performance Walter Harrison said. "We expect to continue with these policies and procedures in the future."
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