TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The NCAA has upheld a postseason ban for the Florida A&M football and basketball programs for the 2014-15 seasons. The school has lost appeals to block the bans after reporting Academic Progress Rates below the NCAA baseline.
The APR measures academics benchmarks over a four-year period. The NCAA requires a score of 910 while the football team scored 885 and the basketball team scored 900. The teams will not be eligible for Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season championships or any postseason tournaments.
Athletic director Kellen Winslow says the department is "implementing APR improvement plans."
Those plans include increased academic support for all athletes with monitored study hall, tutored session and programs to develop study and time management skills. Coaching staffs will be required to attend Academic Eligibility Rules Education sessions.