NCAA Denies UConn’s Waiver Over Low Scores

UConn plans to appeal.

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UConn men’s basketball team will not be able to compete in the postseason for the 2012-13 season or the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA informed the University of Connecticut on Friday that it denied the school’s waiver request to participate in the postseason. Now, UConn plans to appeal.

The men's basketball team that went all the way and won the natiional championships in 2011 school now does not qualify for the tournament next year based on several years of low academic progress reports.

In filing its waiver, UConn offered to impose sanctions on itself.

The NCAA decision comes a week after head coach Jim Calhoun went on medical leave for spinal stenosis.

“We are deeply disappointed that our request for a waiver was denied, but we look forward to continuing in the process,” UConn President Susan Herbst said. “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.”

Herbst said she has “been in full support of high academic standards in collegiate athletics,” but this is a case in which good students could be penalized for the “problematic behavior of students who have not been enrolled for years.”

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