Thursday, June 16, 2016
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- The Savannah State football team will be able to hold 10 spring practices and a spring game next season for the first time in three years, but the men’s basketball team will be ineligible for the 2016-17 postseason as a result of NCAA sanctions handed down to the university last week.
The sanctions stem from the latest Academic Progress Rate scores for the 2014-15 academic year, which were released Wednesday by the NCAA. The APR is based on data collected annually from each institution and accounts for the eligibility and retention of every student-athlete for each academic term.
The football team posted a 2014-15 APR of 918, which is 51 points higher than the previous year and raises SSU’s multi-year APR from 854 to 866. The multi-year APR is the average APR a school posts over a four-year period. Each team at a university must earn a multi-year APR of 930 to avoid penalties.
The APR report released by the NCAA states that the Tigers would face being banned from a third straight spring season, but a Savannah State spokesman said Monday that penalty was waived as a reward for the progress the school has made.