LAWRENCE, KS -- The Kansas football team will lose two scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year because of subpar performances in the classroom.
Kansas is among 18 teams from Bowl Championship Series schools
that failed to reach minimum academic standards under the NCAA's
annual academic-progress report.
Kansas is one of only two BCS football programs -- along with
Hawaii -- to lose scholarships.
The Jayhawks scored a 919 on the Academic Progress Rates report, below the cutoff of 925.
Kansas appealed the decision, based in part on the team's
projected 56 percent graduation rate over the four-year span of the
report, but the NCAA denied it.
Kansas officials believe the high number of transfer students on
the football team in 2003-2004 is a major reason for the low score.
Altogether, 218 schools received punishment ranging from warning
letters to reductions in practice times.