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NCAA denies final UConn appeal on APR, Huskies banned from 2013 tournament


The NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance has denied the University of Connecticut’s final appeal of a postseason ban on the school’s men’s basketball team for the 2012-13 season, the university announced Thursday.

“While we as a University and coaching staff clearly should have done a better job academically with our men’s basketball student-athletes in the past, the changes we have implemented have already had a significant impact and have helped us achieve the success we expect in the classroom,” coach Jim Calhoun in a statement.

The NCAA used averages over a four- and two-year span to decide a ruling for Connecticut, from the years 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-2010, and 2010-11.

Connecticut contests that the data had already been submitted, but under a different penalty system, which would not have resulted in exclusion from the postseason for the program.

Kevin Duffy of Hearst Media reports that Connecticut has one last hope, and that is if the NCAA decides to shift its window of time where APR data was collected. He reports that that decision could come later this month or in July.

Rising senior Alex Oriakhi has announced that he is transferring from the program and, now that the final appeal has been denied, he will be able to forego the normally obligatory one-year sit-out rule for transfers and play right away, as per NCAA rules.

The Huskies finished this season 20-14, including 8-10 in the Big East. They lost to Iowa State in the Round of 64 in the NCAA tournament.

Four-star recruit Omar Calhoun is the lone prospect signed to the Huskies from the Class of 2012.

For a full explanation of how the APR is calculated and the sanctions that are imposed for failure to comply with regulations, check the NCAA piece here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_