FCS Football News
No FCS playoffs for Idaho St., Jackson St., Southern
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The Idaho State, Jackson State and Southern football programs are ineligible for the 2011 postseason under Academic Progress Rate sanctions announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.
APR scores measure the classroom performance of a team over a four-year period. The new scores reflect the 2006-07 through 2009-10 school years.
Idaho State, from the Big Sky Conference, is coming off three straight one-win seasons, so it didn't appear to be a contender to make this year's Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Bengals also will lose 2.98 scholarships.
Jackson State and Southern compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, which stages a championship game between the winners of its two divisions instead of making them eligible for the FCS playoffs. Teams not in the SWAC championship game can go to the playoffs as at-large selections, but it's an unlikely scenario for the conference.
Jackson State will lose 6.3 scholarships and Southern will be docked 1.67 scholarships.
North Carolina A&T, from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, also faced a postseason ban, but the NCAA granted it a conditional waiver for this coming year. Waivers generally include demonstrated academic improvement, active presidential involvement, meeting certain APR benchmarks and implementation of an APR improvement plan.
The Aggies, however, can face historical penalties for poor academic performance over time.
Other FCS programs to lose scholarships under APR sanctions: Delaware State, 6 (waiver was granted to drop the number from 9); Howard, 6.3; Missouri State, 6.25; Georgia Southern, 4.47; Sam Houston State, 3.25; Howard, 2.84; Charleston Southern, 2.72; Southeastern Louisiana, 1.69; Weber State, 0.43; and Portland State, 0.29.
Teams can lose up to 10 percent of their scholarships if their four-year APR score falls below 925 and they have a student leave school academically ineligible.
"Instead of reform, we look to academic success and academic performance as a natural and automatic expectation of being a student-athlete," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement. "We need to keep working on that performance, just as a team works to improve its athletics performance, so their academics continue to rise as well."
05/25 10:17:42 ET