NCAA: CSUB makes the grade for postseason hoops play

NCAA: CSUB makes the grade for postseason hoops play
A Cal State Bakersfield men's basketball jersey is seen in a photo taken from the school's athletics department Facebook page.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Cal State Bakersfield's men's basketball team is once again academically eligible for NCAA postseason play.

The university and NCAA announced Wednesday that CSUB regained its eligibility after resubmitting Academic Progress Rate data.

In June, a record 10 men's basketball teams, including three-time national champion Connecticut, were banned from this year's NCAA tournament because of poor APR scores.

Each of the schools fell below the mandated four-year cutline of 900 or the two-year cutline of 930 and will face additional sanctions. UConn, which had a four-year score of 889 and a two-year score of 902, must replace four hours of practice time with academic activities each week, for example.

The APR measures the classroom performance of every Division I team. This year's data calculates rates from 2007-08 through 2010-11.

CSUB initially posted an APR of 879 but was found to have an APR of 910 after an extensive review.

"When CSUB alerted us to their belief that the data they had submitted to determine the current APR were not correct, we immediately initiated a full-scale review to ensure that postseason eligibility determinations were based on accurate information," Diane Dickman, managing director of the NCAA's Academic and Membership Affairs, said in a news release. "Our staff conducted an exhaustive review in close collaboration with CSUB administrators."

As a part of the review, the NCAA required CSUB to create or revise a number of procedures to address the inaccurate data reporting. They include performing degree audits for student-athletes involved in transfers and revising its eligibility certification form to include the number of remedial credits taken by student-athletes.

"We are thankful to the NCAA for reviewing our situation and grateful that the determination was made that CSUB should be postseason eligible in the upcoming men's basketball season," CSUB President Dr. Horace Mitchell said in a news release. "We are optimistic about the future of the APR in our men's basketball program knowing that Coach (Rod) Barnes and his staff are dedicated to the success of student-athletes on and off the court."

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.