No Postseason For SSU Football, Basketball

The NCAA has banned Savannah State for postseason eligibility during the 2017-18 school year in football and men’s basketball with level two penalties while the baseball team received a level one penalty, due to low Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.

The latest multirate scores released by the NCAA were from a fouryear period that ended in the 2015-16 academic year.

Football’s score was 896 which was a improvement from last year’s score of 866, a jump of 30 points. Men’s basketball posted their lowest score ever of 880, It was a 18-point fall from last year’s report of 892. Baseball fell eight points from 927 to this year’s score of 919.

Football muti-rate scores have been on the rise as of late. The Tigers had a score of 836 during the 2004-05 period but dipped to a low of 820 the next year. SSU’s scores rose to a program high of 921 during the 2010-11 academic year but fell to 876 the following year. Since then the scores have been on the upswing each of the past four years.

While football and men’s basketball received post-season bans, like last year, the baseball program will have their practice times reduced.

Level One penalties focus on practice restrictions, which provide additional time for teams to focus on academics. Teams facing this penalty lose four hours and one day of practice time per week in season, which is intended to be replaced with academic activities.

Level Two penalties include the Level One penalty and a reduction of four hours of practice time out of season, which is intended to be replaced with academic activities. At Level Two, the team’s nonchampionship season, or spring football, is eliminated. Teams without nonchampionship seasons face a reduced number of contests.

The men’s track program increased its score but the men’s cross country and golf teams did not.

Men’s track improved their score from 932 to 960 while cross country fell from 934 to 920. Men’s golf had the biggest decline of any of SSU’s athletic teams, falling from 967 to 919.

Of the seven women’s eams, three improved their scores.

Women’s basketball rose nine points to 961, tennis improved 10 points to 938 and volleyball went from 988 to 994.

Softball fell two points to 953, cross country fell 32 points to 912, golf dropped 16 points to 941 and track fell 11 points to 948.

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