The Oklahoma State football team will no longer lose two hours of practice time each week after the NCAA amended the school’s Academic Progress Rate score.
The NCAA released the Academic Progress Rate information on May 14, 2014 and OSU was below the required score which initially cost the Cowboys’ football team a loss of practice time each week for the 2014 season.
OSU’s athletic department found a recent graduation of a player from the 1990s, giving the Cowboys enough points to lift the restrictions.
According to OSU, “the APR is a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term.”
“We are very thankful for the cooperation of the NCAA staff during this process and we appreciate their focus on the accuracy of the data. We are also thankful that we received a speedy resolution,” OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder said. “In the long term, this process will be a positive thing for our athletic department because nothing is more important to us than playing by the rules and graduating our student-athletes. This has caused us to re-examine how we monitor the APR and make some positive changes.”
At Big 12 media days, OSU head football coach Mike Gundy said his teams usually come up 45 minutes short of the allotted 20 hours of practice time each week anyways.
Hear from Gundy above when the Cowboys had initially lost the practice time.