The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently announced penalties for colleges and universities that did not reach mandated thresholds on its Academic Progress Rate (APR). Athletic teams that do not achieve a sufficient APR rate — roughly equivalent to a 50 percent graduation rate — can face a reduction in practice times, athletic scholarships, and bans from postseason play.
The NCAA announced that 21 teams will be ineligible for the postseason play during the 2015-16 academic year due to their low APR. Of the 21 teams subjected to postseason bans, 15 are from historically Black colleges and universities. Five teams at Florida A&M University face postseason bans.
Here are the HBCUs and their teams that have received postseason bans:
Alabama State University: football
Alcorn State University: men’s basketball
Florida A&M University: football, men’s basketball, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track, men’s cross country
Howard University: men’s soccer
Mississippi Valley State University: baseball
Prairie View A&M University: men’s golf, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track
Savannah State University: football, women’s basketball
Tennessee State University: football
Update: Tennessee State University reports that the NCAA rechecked its APR data for the university’s football program and determined that there would be no postseason ban for Tennessee State.