Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Seven FCS programs, all but one from the level's two conferences for historically black colleges and universities, received 2014 postseason bans Wednesday for poor NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate scores.
The bans, based on four-year APR data, were lobbied against Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State and Prairie View A&M from the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Florida A&M and Savannah State from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as well as Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) from the Northeast Conference.
Programs with APR penalties usually have significantly fewer resources than those at top NCAA programs.
APR scores measure the classroom performance of a team over a four-year period. The new scores reflect the 2009-10 through 2012-13 school years.
A perfect score is 1,000. The overall four-year APR score in Division I is 976.