If it qualifies, UNLV could be eligible to go to a bowl game in 2014 after all.
Thursday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the NCAA is expected to overturn the bowl ban imposed on UNLV for 2014 because of a low Academic Progress Rate.
Citing “multiple sources,” the Review-Journal is reporting that the Rebels’ bowl ban will be lifted after “an apparent recalculation” of the team’s APR score. UNLV previously appealed the NCAA’s decision, but the appeal was ultimately denied.
UNLV subsequently confirmed the news in a press release.
"Obviously we are excited to be eligible to play in the Mountain West Championship game and a bowl this season," UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck said. "Nearly every man in our program stayed together through this -- remained a team. That mental toughness and commitment to this school and each other says a lot about the people we have here and I think is going to serve us well on the field. Academics have always been, and will continue to be, a priority for us."
The NCAA requires athletic programs to average a 930 APR score out of a possible 1,000. From 2010-13, UNLV’s APR average score was calculated to be 925. In addition to the postseason ban, the Rebels would be docked “four hours of weekly practice time with four additional hours of academic activities” and would be limited to “five says of football-related activities per week instead of six.”
When the postseason ban was initially announced, the school said it had put an “APR Improvement Plan” that included hiring additional academic support staff and remodeling the study hall space near the football offices.
The Rebels went 7-6 and lost to North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl last season – UNLV's first winning season and bowl appearance since 2000.
In addition to UNLV, Idaho is also ineligible for postseason play due to its low APR score. Oklahoma State will lose one day of practice per week after its score fell a fraction of a point shy of avoiding penalty.
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