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Jackson State football facing sanctions

Jackson, MS (Sports Network) - The Jackson State University football program is facing possible sanctions from the NCAA, including a ban from postseason play this season, according to a newspaper report.

The Clarion-Ledger reported Wednesday that the program's Academic Progress Rate, a rolling, four-year figure that calculates academic performance, is below a critical benchmark for the third straight year.

In addition to the possible postseason play, the report said the Jackson State athletic department's NCAA membership is likely to be restricted by 2012 if the sanctioning body does not grant a waiver request from the school pleading for relief.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference school received preliminary APR documents in October and the final numbers will be released in May, the report said. It added that Jackson State filed a waiver request in December seeking relief from the postseason ban and asking for a "slowed progression" toward future restrictions.

The NCAA granted nine waivers to other schools facing similar sanctions last year, the report said.

Jackson State, coached by Rick Comegy, finished 8-3 last season.

02/23 14:42:08 ET