UConn was informed Friday by the NCAA that its waiver request to play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament _ which it is likely to be barred from because of a substandard APR score _ was denied. The school will now appeal to the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance Subcommittee on Appeals, though it’s unclear if it has any better chance of a reversal from that body.
“We are deeply disappointed that our request for a waiver was denied, but we look forward to continuing in the process,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement. “We continue to believe that we have made a very compelling case in our waiver to the NCAA and we are pleased with the recent outstanding academic success of our men’s basketball student-athletes.
“I want to be clear that during my entire career as a scholar and a teacher, I have been in full support of high academic standards in collegiate athletics. However, in this case, there are good students who could be penalized for the problematic behavior of students who have not been enrolled for years.
“Educators and parents need to do what is right for their students, and not allow them to be caught in the dynamics of public relations.”