NCAA Penalizes Teams for Classroom Performance

Programs with poor graduation rates face sanctions
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 5:02 PM CDT
Chadron State running back Danny Woodhead smiles on the sidelines after breaking the all-time NCAA rushing record in this Oct. 6, 2007 file photo, at Ben Altimirano Memorial Stadium in Silver City, N.M.   (AP Photo/David G Pierre, File)
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(Newser) – The NCAA has handed out sanctions to more than 200 college teams for poor academic performance, USA Today reports. More than a third of the 329 Division I schools had teams with subpar Academic Progress Rates, which means their players' graduation rate was lower than 60%. Twenty-six teams deemed chronic underperformers still face reductions in practice time and scholarship awards.

More on today's actions:

  • 418 teams posted perfect APRs of 1000, or near-perfect graduation rates.
  • 53 teams in Division I men's basketball—about one in six—were sanctioned. Of those, 39 received penalties.
  • 17 major college football teams were sanctioned, including '07 bowl participants Florida Atlantic and Central Michigan.