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NCAA Penalizes Schools for Poor Academic Performance

Few big names to lose scholarships based on APR

Few big-name schools will lose scholarships as a result of the Academic Progress Rates report released Wednesday.

The NCAA said that 99 Division I sports teams at 65 colleges and universities — or less than 2 percent of 6,112 Division I sports teams nationwide — will lose scholarships for poor scholastic performance by their student-athletes.

In Division I-A football, Temple (9), New Mexico State (6), Toledo (6) Hawaii (5), Middle Tennessee (5), Western Michigan (5) Buffalo (3) and Northern Illinois (2) were penalized.

“You’ve got to bring in kids that not only want to make it to the NFL, but also want to graduate and get their degree,” first-year Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill told ESPN. “If a kid just wants to graduate and not make it to the NFL, I’m not interested. If he wants the NFL and not the degree, I’m not interested. You have to do a good job in evaluating. We’re getting out of the Prop 48 business.”

In Division I basketball, Cal-Poly (2), Centenary (2), East Carolina (2), Hampton (2), Jacksonville (2), Kent State (2), Maryland Eastern Shore (2), New Mexico State (2), South Carolina State (2), Texas State (2), Sacramento State (1), DePaul (1), Florida A&M (1), Lousiana Lafayette (1), Louisiana-Monroe (1), Louisiana Tech (1) and Prarie View (1) were penalized.

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