NASHVILLE, Tenn.(WKRN) – Tennessee State University announced Wednesday the NCAA’s committee on academic performance that the program will be banned from postseason for the 2015 season.
It’s the first time any Tennessee State athletic program has been issues a post-season ban or Level I penalty since the NCAA started collecting APR data 11 years ago.
The penalty reduces the number of hours allowed for regular season athletic-related activities. That reduction of hours must then be replaced with activities related to academics.
The football team’s multi-year APR score from 2010 to 2014 was 915, which is five short of the 920 benchmark set by the NCAA for limited resource institutions.
Athletic officials said they have now implemented new programs to improve their players’ academic performance (APR).
“While 14 of our athletic programs have scored at or above the NCAA’s APR benchmark, unfortunately, the football team fell short,” said Teresa Phillips, director of Athletics, in a release.
Phillips went on to say they take the academics of their student-athletes very seriously.
The new procedures for their coaches and students aimed to address the issue will hopefully “rectify the problem going forward,” she added.