Quinnipiac, Central Connecticut Basketball Teams Penalized by NCAA, Lose Scholarships

The NCAA levied penalties against the Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut men’s basketball programs for failing to meet academic performance measures last season, according to a recently released NCAA report.  Quinnipiac lost two basketball scholarships, while Central Connecticut lost one.

The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) is the measure by which colleges and universities are judged.  The APR was developed “as a more real time assessment of teams’ academic performance than the six-year graduation-rate calculation provides.”  This is how the APR works:

  • APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and remain in school
  • A team’s APR consists of the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible
  • 925 is the cut off in Division I athletics, which roughly translates to a 60 percent graduation rate; teams falling below this score are subject to penalty

A team’s APR, especially in basketball, can be affected by a single player leaving school.  Nevertheless, failing to meet academic standards is hardly good news for Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut (which are not exactly athletic powerhouses) considering that UConn surpassed the standard

In particular, the news comes at an inopportune time for Quinnipiac, which has been attempting to elevate the stature of its basketball program.  Quinnipiac recently moved to Division I, made a splash by hiring former UConn assistant Tom Moore to coach the team and opened the $52 million TD BankNorth Sports Center, a joint hockey and basketball facility.  This news of academic shortcomings certainly will not help Quinnipiac’s efforts to build a quality Division I basketball team and fill the seats of its new arena.

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