DALLAS -- More than 20 Division I teams at a dozen Texas universities face penalties or warnings for failing to meet the NCAA's academic goals.
Details are in the NCAA Academic Progress Report released today.
Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and North Texas are among the
hardest-hit schools in the Lone Star State.
The Associated Press reports the state's major athletics powers
- Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor - emerged relatively
The football and men's basketball teams at North Texas fell
short of the mandated cut score of 925 to avoid penalties. The
football team will have its scholarships reduced from 85 to 80 next
season for a score of 917. The basketball team's score of 924 means
it will lose one scholarship next season, school officials said.
North Texas Athletics Director Rick Villarreal defended the
academic performance of UNT athletes, noting graduation rates among
athletes increased from 37 percent to 67 percent from 2001 to 2006.
At Texas-San Antonio, the men's cross country team (872), the
baseball team (883) and the women's basketball team (914) failed to
reach the 925 score. The women's basketball team reduced its
scholarships from 15 to 14 last season, essentially accepting its
punishment a year ahead of time.
Spokesman Kyle Stephens says the men's cross country and track
and field teams at Texas-San Antonio have a combined 12.6
scholarships, which will be reduced to 12.1 because of the academic
performance of the cross country runners, Stephens said. The
baseball team, which has a maximum 11.7 scholarships, will offer
At Texas State, the men's basketball (847), women's
basketball (917) and football (918) teams fell short of the
mandated cut score of 925. The women's basketball team lost one
scholarship and the football team lost 2.95, but both programs
already took those punishments last season.
Athletic director Larry Teis says the men's basketball team at
Texas State will receive a warning.
Other programs receiving either a warning or a penalty are:
- Houston women's basketball
- Prairie View men's golf
- Sam Houston State baseball and men's indoor track
- Stephen F. Austin football and women's basketball
- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball
- Texas-Arlington baseball and women's basketball
- Texas-Pan American baseball
- Texas Southern men's tennis
- UTEP men's basketball
The scores are based on academic performance from 2003-07.
Athletes earn one point for remaining academically eligible each
semester and another point each semester they remain at the school,
accumulating a maximum of four points each year. The scoring is
altered slightly for schools on a quarters-based calendar.
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