Men's Basketball

NCAA penalizes Morehead State for low academic scores

Morehead State coach Sean Woods talks to his team during a timeout in their Ohio Valley Conference game against Eastern Kentucky State Thursday Feb. 11, 2016 in Morehead, Ky.
Morehead State coach Sean Woods talks to his team during a timeout in their Ohio Valley Conference game against Eastern Kentucky State Thursday Feb. 11, 2016 in Morehead, Ky.

The Morehead State University men’s basketball team was penalized by the NCAA on Wednesday for its low Academic Progress Rate scores.

The Eagles were hit with a “Level One” sanction, which means Coach Sean Woods’ team’s practice time each week will be reduced from 20 hours to 16 and must be conducted over five days instead of six. The lost four hours are to be replaced by academic activities. The penalty is the least severe of the four levels of penalties, the harshest being a ban from postseason play.

Teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in NCAA championships. Morehead State’s men’s basketball team posted averages of 924.5 for four years and 914 for two years. Its most recent score, for the 2014-15 school year, was 884.

Twenty-three NCAA Division I teams received postseason bans when APR scores were announced Wednesday, including the men’s basketball teams from Alcorn State and Savannah State and the football teams at Florida A&M, Howard, Morgan State, Savannah State and Southern.

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