New Appalachian State University Head Coach Jim Fox will not only face the challenge of improving the on-court product for the Mountaineers, but also have to face challenges in the classroom.
The NCAA handed out a postseason ban to the Mountaineers on Wednesday after the program failed to reach the minimum score on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR).
The APR is the NCAA’s standard rule of thumb for determining how well each athlete is doing in the classroom for each respective sport they play. Each team has to have a four-year average of the NCAA minimum score of 930 to remain postseason eligible. The men’s basketball team’s APR measured in at 922, meaning they will not be allowed to compete for a spot in any of the postseason basketball tournaments in 2015.
“Obviously, we are disappointed with the penalties incurred by our men’s basketball program,” ASU Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb said in a press release. “It is not something that should happen at Appalachian State and we take full responsibility for the subpar performance.”
The other 19 varsity sports at ASU easily met the requirements for the the APR standard, including 13 of which exceeded the national average.
The women’s golf team had a perfect APR over the past four-year span. Volleyball (.995), women’s cross country (.994), women’s soccer (.989), men’s soccer (.987), men’s tennis (.984) and women’s tennis (.984) all finished well above the national average for their respective sport. Baseball, men’s cross country, women’s track and field, men’s cross country, football and wrestling all also exceeded the national average.
Softball, women’s indoor track and men’s outdoor track were within just three points of the national average.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87