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NCAA academic penalties could await schools

NCAA academic penalties could await schools

Men’s basketball teams at Arizona State University and Texas A&M University and football teams at the University of Arizona, San Jose State University, San Diego State University and Northern Arizona University could face the loss of scholarships next fall because of poor academic results.

On Thursday, the NCAA announced the Academic Progress Rates for eight schools that either didn’t report results in time for the original announcement March 1 or had appeals pending with the NCAA that did not allow results to be processed in time.

Teams would lose scholarships for one year only if their APR scores fall below a certain threshold and then have an academically ineligible athlete leave school. No team can lose more than 10 percent of its total scholarship money.

San Jose State was hit hardest Thursday, with its men’s cross country, baseball, football and soccer teams all making the list. Baseball and football teams at Arizona and San Diego State also face potential sanctions. They were the only new schools with multiple teams listed.

Kansas’ baseball team also made the list while Tulane was the only new school that avoided any potential sanctions.

Final statistics for the first year of APR scores show 111 teams from 72 schools could face penalties next year. Only nine women’s teams are subject to penalties.

Division I-A teams accounted for 41.4 percent of the offenders while Division I-AA schools accounted for 46.8 percent.

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