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NCAA cuts Oklahoma State's practice time

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm •  Published: May 14, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State's football program has taken another hit.

The Cowboys will lose one day of practice time per week this upcoming season because of a low Academic Progress Rate score, the school said Wednesday.

The NCAA requires teams to earn a 930 four-year average to avoid practice restrictions. Oklahoma State's average is 929.41. A school spokesman said if the score had reached 929.50, it would have been rounded up and the Cowboys would have avoided the penalty.

The cut in practice time comes as the school is investigating claims made in a series of stories Sports Illustrated published last year that included numerous former Oklahoma State players making allegations of cash payments to players, academic misconduct, inconsistent enforcement of drug policies and some of the school's recruiting hostesses having sex with prospects from 2001-10.

A normal practice week is 20 hours over six days. The standard penalty for the violation is a limitation to 16 hours over five days, but the spokesman said the school will have 18 hours over five days because it made a successful appeal based on being so close to the required score.

"We have shown significant improvement over the last two years, and we were able to demonstrate that we've taken strategies to address the areas where we were losing points," said Kevin Fite, the school's senior associate athletic director for compliance. "That's why we received partial relief from the standard penalty."

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