Monday, March 2, 2009

JSU request in NCAA's hands

Jacksonville State’s bid for a waiver to ease any Year Three historical penalties related to the academic progress of its football program is now in the hands of the NCAA.

The Gamecocks are expected to miss the APR minimum score for the third year in a row, for which penalties include a ban on post-season play.

“I can say the report was filed with the NCAA and … we’re waiting to hear from them,” university attorney Randy Woodrow said Monday.

It is believed JSU’s request will show extenuating circumstances related to its APR score, such as players being dismissed for the integrity of the program while still in good academic standing.

It is also believed the request will reflect what school officials believe is a good-faith effort toward improving the program’s academic performance, an effort that includes a demonstration of improved semester grades and the promotion of an assistant coach with duties tied to student-athlete academic accountability.

A decision is likely to come in April. The NCAA will make public its report on all institutions in May.

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