UW-Milwaukee banned from postseason next year

Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter talks with Jordan Aaron during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin won 74-53. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter talks with Jordan Aaron during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin won 74-53. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

MILWAUKEE — The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been informed by the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance that it was denied the final appeal of a postseason ban of its men’s basketball team for 2014-15 because of past cumulative Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores.

The decision means Milwaukee is not eligible for the Horizon League tournament or any other postseason competition following the regular season next year.

“The academic success of our student-athletes will always be the top priority in the Milwaukee athletic department,” UWM athletic director Amanda Braun said. “We are aware that problems did occur in the past, but we have faced them and made changes and are accepting the consequences from the NCAA. Well before we even started the appeals process, we began implementing new processes to help all of our student-athletes have more success in the classroom.”

The men’s basketball score for the current four-year 2012-13 cycle was 908, falling below the mandated minimum of 930, prompting the NCAA to issue the penalty. The decision is not a sanction based on any type of violation of NCAA rules, but rather a penalty handed out because of the APR score.

In addition to being barred from any type of postseason contests, Milwaukee will have to replace four hours of practice each week with four hours of academic activities. In addition, basketball-related activities will be limited to five days instead of six.

The NCAA recently changed its policies in regards to APR performance. It moved to a higher four-year APR score of 930 in order to participate in the postseason the following campaign, with this year being the first time Milwaukee needed to be at that higher level with its four-year average scores.

“I am very proud of the steps that we have taken in regards to the APR score,” UWM coach Rob Jeter said. “The quality of the student-athletes in our program cannot be stressed enough and we are fully committed to supporting them.”

Milwaukee won the Horizon League tournament this past season and lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Villanova.

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