The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been denied its final appeal of a postseason ban for its men’s basketball team because of cumulative Academic Performance Rate scores, the school announced Wednesday.
UW-Milwaukee will not be eligible for the Horizon League tournament and any kind of postseason tournament following the 2014-15 season.
"The academic success of our student-athletes will always be the top priority in the Milwaukee athletic department," UW-Milwaukee athletic director Amanda Braun said in a statement. "We are aware that problems did occur in the past, but we have faced them and made changes and are accepting the consequences from the NCAA. Well before we even started the appeals process, we began implementing new processes to help all of our student-athletes have more success in the classroom."
The penalty is for low APR scores over a four-year cycle, beginning with the 2009-10 season and running through 2012-13. UW-Milwaukee’s score over that period was 908, below the NCAA’s minimum of 930. Teams lose points from the maximum 1000 if a scholarship player leaves at the end of a semester and is not in good academic standing or if a scholarship player is not academically eligible at the end of a semester.
UW-Milwaukee made the NCAA tournament in 2014 after an unexpected run to the Horizon League tournament title. The Panthers now will not be able to defend their league crown.
The school will have to replace four hours of practice each week with four hours of academic activities. Basketball-related activities will also be limited to five days a week instead of six. UW-Milwaukee has added two academic support staff members since 2012.
"I am very proud of the steps that we have taken in regards to the APR score," UWM head coach Rob Jeter said. "The quality of the student-athletes in our program cannot be stressed enough and we are fully committed to supporting them."