SU’s athletic programs are ineligible
AP) — All of Southern University’s athletic programs are ineligible for postseason competition while the school attempts to satisfy NCAA requests for additional and corrected paperwork regarding the academic progress of student-athletes dating to 2009.
The ban is significant in regards to the men’s and women’s basketball teams, which are both in first place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Three other winter sports — men’s and women’s indoor track and women’s bowling — also have upcoming postseasons.
The Advocate reports Athletic Director William Broussard said Thursday that the NCAA has given no indication any sanctions might be applied retroactively, meaning the Jaguars’ 2013 SWAC football championship appears safe.
“We’re working as diligently as we can,” Broussard said. “It’s a lot of nights and a lot of weekends ... We’re working under the assumption that if we continue to meet a progression of deadlines there will be minimal harm to the winter sports.”
Broussard said Southern received word of the problem in early December that it had insufficient and in some cases inaccurate records on the athletic program’s Academic Performance Program and Graduation Success Rate data reporting dating to 2009, which includes some documentation as far back as 2003.
“The most upsetting aspect is that this is not an indictment of any current coaches or student athletes,” Broussard said.
Southern, which already has met seven deadlines, has a Wednesday deadline to submit remaining paperwork for review by the NCAA committee on academic performance. Broussard said he hopes to respond to any additional requests for data by the end of next week.
He added that the NCAA has assured him it will rule before the postseason as long as the Jaguars meet the deadlines.
The SWAC men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be March 11-15 in Houston and the NCAA tournament starts the following week.
If the Jaguars are ineligible for the NCAA tournament, under SWAC rules they would not be able to participate in the SWAC tournament because the winners of those tournaments receive automatic bids to the NCAA tournament.
The men and women basketball programs are both 10-1 in league play as they prepare to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday