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Three HBCU programs in FCS banned from postseason

Three programs from the two FCS conferences for historically black colleges and universities received postseason bans Tuesday for poor NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate scores.

The bans, based on four-year APR data, were lobbied against Alabama State and Mississippi Valley State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and Savannah State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Eighteen programs across all Division I sports received penalties. Most have significantly fewer resources than those at top NCAA programs.

APR scores measure the classroom performance of a team over a four-year period. The new scores reflect the 2008-09 through 2011-12 school years.

The overall four-year APR score in Division I is 974. A minimum score of 900, or 930 over the most recent two academic years, is required for postseason eligibility.