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HBCUs bear brunt of 2019 NCAA APR penalties

The NCAA has handed down this year’s Academic Progress Rates, and HBCUs were over represented on the list.

HBCUs bear brunt of 2019 NCAA APR penalties

The NCAA’s latest APR reports are out and HBCUs once again are over represented.

Three-fourths of the athletic programs who received reprimand on their Academic Progress Rates are HBCUs.

Alabama A&M’s baseball and men’s track teams are ineligible for the postseason along with Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s men’s golf team and Grambling’s men’s track team. Savannah State baseball and football are also ineligible, however, SSU is dropping down to D2 next season.

To compete in the 2019-20 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR.

This means all teams in the MEAC and SWAC are eligible for the Celebration Bowl as well as the NCAA Tournament.

However several football teams were penalized, most notably Howard University. HU received a Level Two penalty meaning it will lose practice time and spring football as it recorded an APR of 890. Delaware State football and men’s basketball received Level One penalties, meaning reduced practice times.

North Carolina A&T had the highest four-year APR in MEAC football at 967.

FBBethune-Cookman UniversityFL17-18936
FBDelaware State UniversityDE17-18923L1Penalty – Practice Reduction
FBFlorida A&M UniversityFL17-18923
FBHoward UniversityDC17-18890L2 Penalty – In Season/ Out of Season Restrictions
FBMorgan State UniversityMD17-18927
FBNorfolk State UniversityVA17-18951
FBNorth Carolina A&T State UniversityNC17-18967
FBNorth Carolina Central UniversityNC17-18947
FBSavannah State UniversityGA17-18927Level 2 Penalty – In Season/Out of Season RestrictionsIneligibility = Yes
FBSouth Carolina State UniversitySC17-18944

Jackson State led the SWAC, and all HBCUs, with a score of 971.

SportSchoolStateAcademic YearMulti-Year RatePenaltiesPostseason
FootballAlabama A&M UniversityAL2017-2018919
FootballAlabama State UniversityAL2017-2018949
FootballAlcorn State UniversityMS2017-2018964
FootballGrambling State UniversityLA2017-2018934
FootballJackson State UniversityMS2017-2018971
FootballMississippi Valley State UniversityMS2017-2018946
FootballPrairie View A&M UniversityTX2017-2018932
FootballSouthern University, Baton RougeLA2017-2018925
FootballTexas Southern UniversityTX2017-2018951
FootballUniversity of Arkansas, Pine BluffAR2017-2018945

Hampton (940) and Tennessee State (953) both cleared the bar as well.

HBCU Gameday Founder. Veteran journalist/blogger.

1 Comment

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  1. Peacemaker

    May 9, 2019 at 7:32 am

    This is unacceptable. While most of our black athletes decide to attend Tier 1 D-1 programs, most do so because of the representation of the athletic programs and not academics. HBCUs give these students the opportunity and environment to excel both academically and athletically. It’s time our administrators take a long and hard look at the performance of these numbers and provide more support for these student athletes.

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