TALLAHASSEE — Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced it received notice from the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance that the football and men’s basketball teams will not be permitted to play in 2014-15 postseason tournaments, despite appeal.
The reason for the original ban was the school fell below NCAA Academic Progress Rate standards. Appeals of the postseason ban were denied, Director of Athletics Kellen Winslow Sr. announced Wednesday.
“We take responsibility for our failure to meet academic performance standards set by the NCAA,” Winslow said. “I am confident that the processes and procedures that we have put in place, along with the adoption of best practices, will address this issue. We look forward to overcoming this challenge and returning to post season competition as quickly as possible.”
Although neither team will be eligible for Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) regular season championships in 2014-15, games played against conference opponents will count in the standings, FAMU said. Football and basketball players will be eligible for all individual conference honors during the season.
FAMU’s academics improvement plan includes a partnership between athletics and the Office of University Retention to enhance academic support to all athletes, the statement said.
The initiative includes monitored study hall and tutorial sessions, resources to enhance study and time management skills and required coaching staff attendance in Academic Eligibility Rules Education sessions.