The NCAA banned Houston Baptist's men's basketball team from postseason play next season for failing to meet academic standards. The school announced Thursday that the NCAA's Committee on Academic Performance denied its appeal of a postseason ban for the men's basketball team in 2014-15, including the Southland Conference tournament. HBU had an 82 percent graduation rate, but its Academic Progress Rate score of 913 fell below the requirement of 930 needed to stay eligible for postseason play. This was the first year the minimum APR score increased from 900 to 930. Six of the eight score deductions during the four-year cycle from 2009-13 involved former players who had exhausted eligibility and were no longer with the program. No points were deducted from the current roster with every player in good standing, the school said. "While our men's basketball program has achieved a very laudable graduation rate, we did not do an adequate job of monitoring those who, for whatever reasons, were no longer actively competing on our roster," HBU athletics director Steve Moniaci said. "We respect the committee's decision and have put measures in place in order to prevent this from happening again. We are proud of our men's basketball student-athletes and how they are dealing with an unfortunate situation not of their making." The program will have to replace four hours of practice time with four hours of study hall each week. Moniaci said the school will also take APR into consideration when dealing with student-athletes currently in school and those that may enroll.
HBU men's basketball team banned from postseason
Houston Chronicle | May 9