LAS VEGAS (AP) — The UNLV Rebels will not be eligible for the Mountain West championship game or a bowl berth in 2014 after failing to reach the minimum Academic Progress Rate score.
The university said Thursday that its final appeal to the NCAA subcommittee was denied and sanctions will be enforced. The sanctions include no postseason competition, replacing four hours of practice time with four hours of academics weekly and having five days of football-related activities a week instead of six.
An average APR score of 930 — out of 1,000 — is required over the last four years and the football team's average was 925.
UNLV President Donald Snyder said the university will use this "as an opportunity to improve."
"I am confident in the plan that our athletics director and head coach have enacted to address the issue," Snyder added.
Part of UNLV's plan for improving its APR includes adding an academic support counselor along with a learning specialist, appointing an APR Committee, purchasing academic software and 18 laptop computers, remodeling the space used for study hall near the football offices and working with a company specializing in APR improvement.