One of the biggest storylines in the Colonial Athletic Association this offseason has been the extremely diminished playing field that will be in this spring’s CAA conference tournament. Due to two teams departing the conference at the end of this season and two teams suffering from Academic Progress Rate (APR) penalties, this annual tourney will only feature 7 of the conference’s 11 Men’s Basketball teams.
However, the UNCW Seahawks, one of the APR penalized teams, received some very good news this week. A team’s APR measures the roster’s collective academic success, including class attendance and GPA.
On Thursday, the CAA Director of Athletics, Jimmy Bass announced that the Seahawks have now fully recovered from its APR penalty and will return to the CAA Tournament next season. After making “significant progress” from last spring’s postseason ban by the NCAA, head coach Buzz Peterson’s club will now have the opportunity to compete for the CAA’s conference champion ticket to the annual NCAA Tourney.
Originally, NCAA officials denied UNCW’s appeal of last spring’s ruling in June. The postseason ban in 2012-13 is the result of APR scores calculated over a four-year period. UNCW’s four-year average from 2007-08 through 2010-11 was 890, below the NCAA-mandated average of 900 in place to avoid penalties. However, the Seahawks have recorded an APR score of 980 in 2011-12, yielding a multi-year rate of 901 and clearing the way for a return to the postseason next year. A perfect team score is a rating of 1000.
Now that they can put there embarrassing ban behind them and move on, look for the Seahawks to go out and try to make the most of senior standout, Keith Rendleman’s, last season in Wilmington.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.