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Oklahoma State football no longer faces APR restrictions

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: July 29, 2014


photo - OSU coach Mike Gundy talks with his team after Oklahoma State's Orange Blitz football practice at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 5, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OSU coach Mike Gundy talks with his team after Oklahoma State's Orange Blitz football practice at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 5, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“Throughout this process the NCAA has been committed to having complete and accurate data,” Fite said in a news release. “We were provided a great deal of assistance in ensuring the information we were evaluated on accurately reflected our football team’s academic performance, based on APR standards. When the additional point was discovered earlier this summer, the NCAA staff promptly re-evaluated our situation and added the point, which took us out of the penalty range.”

OSU coach Mike Gundy discussed the practice penalty at length last week during Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, saying he would “have to change what I do and I don’t like that more than anything.”

The punishment would have cut the Cowboys’ allotted weekly practice time from 19 hours and 15 minutes to 18 hours, Gundy said. The maximum amount of available practice time is 20 hours per week, according to the NCAA.

Gundy said the team would have likely eliminated Sunday activities as a result, because they usually consist of walk-throughs and film study of next week’s opponent.

Now, Gundy can stick to his normal routine. That’s good news for the Cowboys, whose lack of experience at several position groups — including linebacker, safety and offensive line — was cause for concern when the penalty was first announced.

“We definitely need the preparation,” said Ryan Simmons, projected starting middle linebacker, last week at Big 12 Media Days. “We need that day … we just have to make sure we hold ourselves accountable and learn as much as we can each and every week.”

OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder also reacted to the NCAA’s decision in a news release.

“We are very thankful for the cooperation of the NCAA staff during this process and we appreciate their focus on the accuracy of the data,” Holder said. “We are also thankful that we received a speedy resolution. In the long term, this process will be a positive thing for our athletic department because nothing is more important to us than playing by the rules and graduating our student-athletes. This has caused us to re-examine how we monitor the APR and make some positive changes.”

 

by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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