Was able to get some brief comments from NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson on UConn’s situtaion:
— Christianson, the NCAA’s director of public and media relations, says changing the reporting dates for APR penalties is not on the agenda for the Committee on Academic Performance’s April meeting and that it’s not likely to change.
“Not in April, and while CAP may review policy related matters in July, no change is anticipated at this time,” Christianson said in an e-mail.
— UConn has argued that it hasn’t had time to change since being told of the major penalty (postseason ban) but Christianson counters:
“Schools have known since 2006 that APRs below 900 could result in serious penalties including postseason restrictions,” he said. “The same standards are applied to each institution; to ensure all data are comparable for each team, there is a necessary lag time in calculating all the scores at a national level. Also, in UConn’s first waiver denial, NCAA staff noted the men’s basketball team’s overall lack of academic achievement and minimal academic progress over several years.”
— Also, a point that I admit I wasn’t sure about, Christianson told me that scholarship losses are still part of the “immediate penalty structure” so even though UConn is getting punished with a postseason ban it also still faces the loss of scholarships (probably one next season).