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ASU football, men's basketball banned from postseason play for 2014-15

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The Alabama State University football and men's basketball teams have been banned from postseason play for the 2014-2015 season due to their Academic Progress Rate scores.

The Hornets football team had a score of 870 and the men's basketball team had a score of 851. Both teams also have practice reduction. View the complete APR data on the NCAA website.

Twelve ASU athletics programs scored at or above the national benchmark of 930. A total of six teams didn't reach the required score, but four of the teams -- men's tennis, bowling, softball and volleyball -- aren't subject to postseason bans based on the limited resource initiative or squad size, according to ASU.

Based on a previous Southwestern Athletic Conference ruling, ASU can still play in the SWAC football championship game but is banned from Football Championship Subdivision playoffs during 2014 season.

"The plan for improvement in our APR scores is an ongoing, continual process in which we have seen measurable improvements," Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, Alabama State University president. "As a University, we have provided, and will continue to provide, academic resources to help ensure we are meeting NCAA guidelines. In order for athletics programs to be successful in competition, a team effort is required. The same is true of winning in the classroom. It takes student-athletes, faculty, coaches, academic advisors and administrators working together to ensure academic success. We remain committed to that effort."

Four ASU teams – volleyball, football, baseball and men's basketball – received postseason bans for the 2013-2014 season, but the NCAA later lifted the bans after the university requested waivers.

WSFA 12 News is working to find out if the school plans to submit waivers again this year.

According to the NCAA, APR is a metric developed to track the academic achievement of teams. APRs represent a four-year average of the student-athlete eligibility and retention rates.

"Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible. A team's total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by one thousand to equal the team's Academic Progress Rate score," according to the NCAA.

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