The NCAA has denied UConn’s request for a waiver just one day after the news became public about the university’s willingness to self-impose penalties. Here’s the release from UConn sports information:
UConn Athletic Communications — February 10, 2012 – NCAA Waiver Denied
STORRS, Conn. (February 10, 2012) – The University of Connecticut was informed on Friday by the NCAA that its waiver request to participate in men’s basketball postseason competition for the 2012-13 season, including the 2013 NCAA Tournament, has been denied.
Connecticut will now appeal the decision to the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance Subcommittee on Appeals.
The waiver was submitted to the NCAA as a result of the UConn men’s basketball team’s performance in the Academic Progress Rate (APR).
“We are deeply disappointed that our request for a waiver was denied, but we look forward to continuing in the process,” said UConn President Susan Herbst. “We continue to believe that we have made a very compelling case in our waiver to the NCAA and we are pleased with the recent outstanding academic success of our men’s basketball student-athletes.
“I want to be clear that during my entire career as a scholar and a teacher, I have been in full support of high academic standards in collegiate athletics. However, in this case, there are good students who could be penalized for the problematic behavior of students who have not been enrolled for years.
“Educators and parents need to do what is right for their students, and not allow them to be caught in the dynamics of public relations.”