May 9, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Lamar University has been informed by the NCAA's Committee on Academic Performance that it has denied the school's final appeal of a postseason ban on the men's basketball team for the 2014-15 season.
In addition to not being eligible for postseason play for the upcoming 2014-15 season, the Cardinals will have their practice days reduced from six days a week down to five, and will be allowed only 16 hours of practice time per week, instead of the normal 20.
"I want to be clear, everyone at Lamar is dedicated to the academic well-being of our student-athletes," said LU Director of Athletics Jason Henderson. "This is an issue that we take very seriously, and are working to correct. We have made several adjustments to many of our programs to ensure that we can avoid this situation in the future.
"As a department, Lamar has been a strong performer in the Southland Conference academically, and we are committed to making sure all of our teams are among the best performers in the conference, both on the field and in the classroom," added Henderson.
Lamar athletics has been one of the strongest academic institutions within the SLC. LU athletes have recorded more than 600 SLC Commissioner's List honors in the past nine semesters, a recognition awarded to student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 semester grade-point average. In addition, the men's basketball program has recorded an 83 percent graduation success rate since the 2006-07 season. The Lamar men have graduated 12 players over the course of the previous eight semesters, with current senior Amos Wilson expected to walk during the upcoming spring commencement. The 2013-14 academic year marked the first time the minimum Academic Progress Report (APR) scores increased from 900 to 930.
The NCAA's APR focuses on a student-athlete's eligibility and retention. It is set up on a four-year rolling average of a two-point system - one point for retention and one point for remaining eligible toward a degree. If a student-athlete transfers to a different four-year institution with a minimum of a 2.6 grade-point average, the original school will not be charged with a loss of a point. Teams must reach, and maintain a 930 score to avoid penalties.
The men's basketball team was the only Lamar program to be penalized by the NCAA.