OSU Football Penalized For Academic Shortfall
Oklahoma State’s football team will have their allowable practice time for next season cut back due to a failure to meet the NCAA’s requirement on academic standing.
The Academic Progress Rate measures each NCAA team’s academic standing and a minimum score is required each season to avoid penalties.
OSU fell just short of meeting that requirement and as a result will have their practice time cut by two hours each week, basically a whole day of practice.
The NCAA was originally going to penalize OSU four hours a week, but the school has shown progress in improving their APR score, so the penalty was reduced to two hours.
“We are taking steps to ensure that our APR numbers improve moving forward,” Athletic Director Mike Holder said. “We are accountable for what we do and ultimately, we are here to serve our student-athletes and do our best to keep them on track to be lifelong contributors to society.”
“We have shown significant improvement over the last two years and we were able to demonstrate that we’ve taken strategies to address the areas where we were losing points. That’s why we received partial relief from the standard penalty.” said Kevin Fite, OSU Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance.
OSU believes the practice time penalty will only apply to next season and that their APR score will improve enough to meet the minimum requirement.
Some schools have been banned from postseason play for low APR scores, but the Cowboys avoided that fate.