"It is disturbing that our current players must pay a penalty for the academic performance of students no longer enrolled," University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst said in a statement. "No educator or parent purposefully punishes young people for the failings of others."
I agree with this quote from the UCONN official. The current student atheletes should not be punished by being forced to sit out. Instead, the University should have to forfeit the money it earned from participating in the NCAA tournament during the years that it failed its students as an academic institution.
Edit...adding to this...look at programs the NCAA penalizes for recruiting violations. Every year kids are kept out post-season play because of stupid things their coaches and players before them did. Same difference.
The problem is that you're not providing any motivation for players to do their schoolwork. If they fail, there are no repercussions except what will happen to other players down the road.
The program is being punished because the coaches and administrators did not do their jobs. The players are allowed to transfer and play immediatley so what is not fair?
In the video at the top of this link I swear at the 30 second mark Andy nearly refers to UConn as a "franchise" and catches himself just in the moment.
I think this is the death knell for UConn. One Evil Empire is down...
Duke FB 2013 Coastal Division Football Champions
"Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said Friday he has no problem with next season's only possible goal being the Big East regular-season title if the Huskies are banned from the postseason."
also fron the link
"We've made mistakes," Calhoun said. "If they use the current data, then we'll be fully set to go for next year."
An NCAA committee is expected to meet on the matter sometime in the early summer to review whether the most recent four-year period would be used to determine the APR. Manuel contests the penalty phase was changed in October to include the postseason ban for the offense.
"We think that they'll look at the most recent data, and if they do, it could affect 20 schools," Calhoun said. "We're going forward to make sure this never happens again. At the same time, we've had two years of hard work to rectify this and we hope they use the most recent data."
(end of quote from the link)
Does anybody have a list of who the 20 schools are?
The reason why Alex is the only one affected is because there is also a criteria that only one year of eligibility remianing which is in direct conflict with an SEC requirement that transfer have to have 2 or more years remaining.
As would be expected when Calhoun chased a few scholarhsip offers away (they probably stopped attending class to stick it to him and it worked) plus had some leave early or transfer, Alex was the only junior.
So guys like Napier, Drummond, Lamb, Boatright, Daniels etc would have to sit if they transfer rather than go pro. Else no BE Tourney and no NCAAT. According to the link, Calhoun's namesake still intends to enroll at UCONN.
Is there a reason why Oriakhi was not recruited by Duke out of high school? He has the body type that I wish Duke would go after every year.
So my interpretation si the 20 schools in potential danger unless they get a waiver or unless NCAA facotrs in more recent performance are:
Alabama State University
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Northridge
Chicago State University
Coppin State University
Florida A&M University
Grambling State University
Kennesaw State University
Mississippi Valley State University
Morgan State University
Norfolk State University
Southern University, Baton Rouge
Southern Utah University
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
University of California, Riverside
University of Connecticut
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Toledo
Frank Haith and Missouri would have hoped Norfolk State had been ineligible last season.
I have not looked up all their conferences but looks like MEAC, SWAC and Big West will have a lot less entirees on whose champ gets to play in the Dayton play in game for 16 seeds.