STORRS, Conn. – The NCAA turned down Connecticuts final appeal on behalf of its mens basketball team for a waiver of recently instituted academic requirements – a decision that likely will keep the Huskies out of next years postseason.
UConn doesnt qualify for the NCAA tournament because of several years of below-standard Academic Progress Rate scores. It had requested the waiver, arguing that recently instituted reforms have led to improved scores over the past two seasons.
On Thursday, UConn said its appeal failed, though the school is still hoping to become eligible for the 2013 postseason by having the rules changed again to allow it to submit the more recent test scores.
The Big East also plans to implement a rule next that would bar any team from the conference postseason if it fails to academically qualify for the NCAA tournament
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling on the NCAA to allow UConn and any other schools facing sanctions a chance to show that their current student athletes qualify for the tournament.