UNLV football program banned from 2014 postseason for low APR scores
The Nevada Las-Vegas football program will not be eligible to play in the 2014 postseason because low academic scores, the school announced Thursday.
The NCAA denied the school's appeal of the postseason ban.
UNLV's average four-year score was 925, just below the requirement of 930 needed to stay eligible for postseason play.
"We as a University accept the subcommittee's decision and are using this as an opportunity to improve," UNLV President Donald Snyder said, via the Las Vegas Sun. "I am confident in the plan that our athletics director and head coach have enacted to address the issue."
"I am disappointed for the vast majority of our football players who understand the importance of academics and who embrace and meet their responsibilities," Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said in a statement. "In fact, 96 percent of the football players on our current roster have never cost UNLV an APR point. So clearly, the overwhelming majority of our student-athletes understand that their first priority must be academics."
UNLV will replace four hours of practice time each week with four hours of academic activities.
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