APR sidelines UNO men’s and women’s hoops for postseason

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uno jpgUNO is back in a conference, but there will be no postseason play for the Privateers men’s and women’s basketball teams in 2013-2014.

The school announced that the NCAA has banned both squads from postseason for substandard marks in the APR (Academic Progress Report). The men scored 827, the women 916 over the latest four year period.

Director of Athletics Derek Morel, in a statement released by the school, said the uncertainty over the Division UNO would participate was part of the reason for the APR scores.

“Certainly, the divisional reclassification and associated circumstances surrounding our program over the past few years had an adverse effect on the academic performance of our student-athletes.  Upon our decision to remain a Division I athletics program, we quickly recognized the absence of sufficient academic support resources for our student-athletes and have taken decisive and determined measures to create an environment in which our student-athletes can achieve academic excellence and graduate from the University of New Orleans.”

In December of 2009 UNO announced it would go non-scholarship Division III. The school then reversed course and declared it was moving to Division II and joining the Gulf States Conference.

Last year, new University President Dr Peter Fos announced that UNO would remain Division I. The Privateers will join the Southland Conference July 1st.