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Charlotte 49ers: Men’s basketball team gets academic penalty

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Three players leaving the team in the 2010-11 season, the first for coach Alan Major, above, hurt the 49ers.

The NCAA hit the Appalachian State and Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball programs with penalties for failing to meet Academic Progress Rate standards.

The Mountaineers’ penalty is more severe. Appalachian State, which had a four-year APR average of 922 (below the mandated 930), will be ineligible for postseason play in 2014-15, its first season in the Sun Belt Conference.

The 49ers had a four-year mark of 928 and will be limited to 16 hours of practice per week (of a maximum of 20) next season and have a self-imposed penalty of six hours of “academic activity, including study hall,” each week, according to the school.

The APR measures eligibility, retention and graduation in Division I programs. The four-year rate averages scores from the 2009-10 through 2012-13 academic years.

“We should never be in the situation in the first place, but we are where we are,” Appalachian State athletics director Charlie Cobb told the Winston-Salem Journal. “There’s not one issue, one kid or one coach you can point a finger at. It’s frankly been looming over time … and we are dealing with it and moving forward.”

Thirteen other Mountaineers programs are above the national average, including women’s golf, which had a perfect score of 1,000.

Charlotte’s potential penalty was lessened by the NCAA because of the team’s APR scores of at least 955 in three of the four measured seasons. The 49ers’ score was dragged down by the 2010-11 season (coach Alan Major’s first at the school) when three players left the program for a variety of reasons.

“We are proud of the steps that our men’s basketball program has taken in that regard, and while we never want to be issued a penalty, we appreciate that the NCAA took note of the progress made,” 49ers athletics director Judy Rose said in a statement.

Ten Charlotte programs were above the Division I average for their sports, including three (men’s cross-country, men’s and women’s tennis) with perfect scores.

In other APR news:

• Davidson is one of four Southern Conference schools (along with Wofford, Elon and Samford) to have above-average APR scores in each sport. The Wildcats had 11 teams earn perfect scores, while Wofford had seven over the four-year period.

• Every ACC football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball team exceeded the required 930 average. No ACC team in any sport was penalized.

• South Carolina had 10 sports with perfect 1,000 scores in 2012-13 and all 19 teams had multiyear averages of at least 950.

 

 

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