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    ISU and basketball APR - older article

    Academic deficiencies cost ISU
    Men's basketball team was docked two scholarships by NCAA last season.

    By TOM WITOSKY
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    The Iowa State men's basketball program lost two scholarships last season and will be subject to further losses if its academic performance fails to improve quickly, the Cyclones' top athletic administrator said Tuesday.

    NCAA officials will announce today that Iowa State men's basketball is among the Division I athletic programs that have lost scholarships as a result of failing to keep a sufficient number of athletes eligible and retaining them at their respective schools.

    Jamie Pollard, Iowa State athletic director, confirmed that his men's basketball team would be on the NCAA's list of programs that have been docked scholarships.

    Pollard also said that Greg McDermott, the Cyclones men's basketball coach, knew of the scholarship problem when he assumed the coaching post in 2006 and took the penalties during the 2006-07 season.

    The Cyclones were allowed only 11 scholarships last season instead of the usual 13. Next season, they will have the full complement of scholarships available but must improve academically in order to avoid further sanctions.

    NCAA rules mandate that all athletic programs maintain an annual Academic Progress Rate score of 925, which represents a 92.5 percent retention and eligibility rate. The standard is based on NCAA data indicating that number corresponds to a 60 percent graduation rate.

    Pollard said the men's basketball program has a three-year score of 852. Officials at Iowa's three other Division I schools - Iowa, Northern Iowa and Drake - said their programs would not be penalized today.

    This is the third year that NCAA officials have released APR data on Division I athletic programs, but only the second year that scholarship losses, so-called "contemporaneous penalties," have been imposed.

    "The APR is a key element in the NCAA's efforts to measure improvement in academic performance among all student-athletes and is essential to the association's top priority, which is academic reform," said Kevin Lennon, vice president for member services.

    Pollard said the men's basketball program, which has not scored above the mandated NCAA minimum standard over the past three years, avoided the first step in getting additional penalties for failure to improve by receiving a conditional waiver from NCAA officials.

    Pollard said the NCAA granted the waiver because Iowa State had six players either drop out of school or transfer after the dismissal of coach Wayne Morgan in 2006. McDermott replaced Morgan.

    "We are confident that with coach McDermott's emphasis on and track record in the academic performance of his student-athletes that improvement will be made," Pollard said. "The large exodus from our team has, however, created challenges because our ability to absorb further departures from our men's basketball team could result in not meeting the requirements of the conditional waiver."

    Pollard said the waiver from so-called "historical penalties" is contingent on the program achieving a 925 APR score for next year and maintaining it.

    "Although we are concerned that our men's basketball APR score is below the cutoff mark, it is important to note that we received perfect APR scores in men's basketball in the semester before and after our coaching change," Pollard said.



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    Re: ISU and basketball APR - older article

    Pollard said the NCAA granted the waiver because Iowa State had six players either drop out of school or transfer after the dismissal of coach Wayne Morgan in 2006. McDermott replaced Morgan.
    This is something I've said all along, the penalties would not have been nearly as severe under current rules.




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    Re: ISU and basketball APR - older article

    "Pollard said the men's basketball program, which has not scored above the mandated NCAA minimum standard over the past three years, avoided the first step in getting additional penalties for failure to improve by receiving a conditional waiver from NCAA officials.

    Pollard said the NCAA granted the waiver because Iowa State had six players either drop out of school or transfer after the dismissal of coach Wayne Morgan in 2006. McDermott replaced Morgan."


    The evil NCAA has it out for lil' ol' ISU?!?



    I cheer for two teams, Iowa State and whoever is playing the hawkeyes.

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    Re: ISU and basketball APR - older article

    Quote Originally Posted by SpokaneCY View Post
    Academic deficiencies cost ISU
    Men's basketball team was docked two scholarships by NCAA last season.

    By TOM WITOSKY
    Register Staff Writer
    Copyright 2007, Des Moines Register and Tribune Company


    May 2, 2007
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    The Iowa State men's basketball program lost two scholarships last season and will be subject to further losses if its academic performance fails to improve quickly, the Cyclones' top athletic administrator said Tuesday.

    NCAA officials will announce today that Iowa State men's basketball is among the Division I athletic programs that have lost scholarships as a result of failing to keep a sufficient number of athletes eligible and retaining them at their respective schools.

    Jamie Pollard, Iowa State athletic director, confirmed that his men's basketball team would be on the NCAA's list of programs that have been docked scholarships.

    Pollard also said that Greg McDermott, the Cyclones men's basketball coach, knew of the scholarship problem when he assumed the coaching post in 2006 and took the penalties during the 2006-07 season.

    The Cyclones were allowed only 11 scholarships last season instead of the usual 13. Next season, they will have the full complement of scholarships available but must improve academically in order to avoid further sanctions.

    NCAA rules mandate that all athletic programs maintain an annual Academic Progress Rate score of 925, which represents a 92.5 percent retention and eligibility rate. The standard is based on NCAA data indicating that number corresponds to a 60 percent graduation rate.

    Pollard said the men's basketball program has a three-year score of 852. Officials at Iowa's three other Division I schools - Iowa, Northern Iowa and Drake - said their programs would not be penalized today.

    This is the third year that NCAA officials have released APR data on Division I athletic programs, but only the second year that scholarship losses, so-called "contemporaneous penalties," have been imposed.

    "The APR is a key element in the NCAA's efforts to measure improvement in academic performance among all student-athletes and is essential to the association's top priority, which is academic reform," said Kevin Lennon, vice president for member services.

    Pollard said the men's basketball program, which has not scored above the mandated NCAA minimum standard over the past three years, avoided the first step in getting additional penalties for failure to improve by receiving a conditional waiver from NCAA officials.

    Pollard said the NCAA granted the waiver because Iowa State had six players either drop out of school or transfer after the dismissal of coach Wayne Morgan in 2006. McDermott replaced Morgan.

    "We are confident that with coach McDermott's emphasis on and track record in the academic performance of his student-athletes that improvement will be made," Pollard said. "The large exodus from our team has, however, created challenges because our ability to absorb further departures from our men's basketball team could result in not meeting the requirements of the conditional waiver."

    Pollard said the waiver from so-called "historical penalties" is contingent on the program achieving a 925 APR score for next year and maintaining it.

    "Although we are concerned that our men's basketball APR score is below the cutoff mark, it is important to note that we received perfect APR scores in men's basketball in the semester before and after our coaching change," Pollard said.
    How in the world do we even qualify for this then?



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