May 14, 2012

GSU Receives NCAA Decisions Regarding Men’s Basketball Program

GRAMBLING, LA – On April 24th Grambling State University was granted a hearing by the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance Program (APP) based on a waiver filed by the University. Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue received a letter of notification last Friday from Walter Harrison, Chair, NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance, stating the committee’s results of the hearing as well as the committee’s decision in the matter of Grambling State University men’s basketball team’s Missed Conditional Occasion-Three Historical Penalty and Level-Three APP Penalty. The following results of the hearing will be applicable in the 2012-2013 academic year:

  1. Loss of four hours and one day of countable athletically related activity each week during the 2012-2013 playing and practice season.
  2. Loss of four hours of countable athletically related activity each week outside of its 2012-2013 playing and practice season.
  3. Reduction of 10 percent in the length of the playing season during 2012-2013 academic year. The team may not commence on-court preseason basketball practice sessions until 5 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012.
  4. Reduction of two contests during the 2012-2013 playing and practice season for a maximum of 27 contests. Any contests which are part of a qualifying regular season multiple-team event as defined by Bylaw must count as individual contest.
  5. Limited to awarding 10 scholarships during the 2012-2013 academic year.

This decision came after Grambling hired their new men’s basketball coach Joseph Price from Lamar University to ensure that the University follows all NCAA Division I rules and regulations, in particular, its academic policies.

“The university is committed to enhancing academic excellence and ensuring that all of our students, including athletes, are successful,” states Grambling president, Dr. Frank Pogue.  “The recent appointment of a new Athletic Director, Men’s Head Basketball Coach and a renewed commitment to academic performance is evidence that the APR problem in men’s basketball is temporary. These appointments add significant strength to our overall highly competent coaching and athletic staff, all of whom understand the importance of student success.”

“All factors considered, the decision rendered by the NCAA was better than expected. Although the Academic Enhancement team’s presentation was about as good as it could have been, we were still concerned until we received their decision. The NCAA is giving us an opportunity to improve our APR status. With the hiring of Coach Joseph Price, and the commitment of the Academic Enhancement team, we will achieve the goals set to bring our men’s basketball program back in line with APR expectation and build a solid, sustainable winning basketball program . What we have here is an excellent opportunity to improve our men’s basketball program.  We will succeed,” states athletic director Dr. Percy Caldwell.

NOTE: The central purpose of the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP) is to ensure that the Division I membership is dedicated to providing student-athletes with exemplary educational and intercollegiate-athletic experiences in an environment that recognizes and supports the primacy of the academic mission of its member institutions, while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.

The Division I membership is committed to providing higher education for a diverse body of student-athletes within the context of an institution’s academic and admissions standards for all students through a system that rewards those institutions and teams that demonstrate commitment toward academic progress, retention and graduation of student-athletes and penalizes those that do not. The NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance ("committee") is charged with overseeing the hearing process for academically underperforming teams.

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