Oklahoma State is the latest to fall victim to academic progress rate (APR) penalties, according to NewsOK and ESPN's Brett McMurphy. The Cowboys' football team will reportedly lose a day of practice each week in the upcoming season because it barely missed out on reaching the four-year APR threshold set by the NCAA.
OSU's APR over the past four years finished at 929.41, just below the threshold of 930 (929.5). It's actually an improvement from last year, when the Cowboys scored a 926 over the four-year period, but the NCAA raised the APR minimum from 900 to 930 for four years.
The team appears to have recognized the problem:
One factor impacting OSU over this four-year reporting period was players who remained on scholarship, yet focused on NFL Draft preparation in their final semester, while not completing their classwork. Dealing with those situations could become a focal point moving forward.
This isn't the first time the OSU program has been linked to poor academics. It came under particular scrutiny in a controversial Sports Illustrated report that detailed a struggle to keep certain players eligible.
As for the on-field impact, SI's Andy Staples detailed how the school could get around the sanctions.
Just asked an ACC coach what he would do if he had to lose a day of practice. He said Friday is the most logical.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) May 14, 2014
What most teams do Friday could be moved to Thursday (which already has a shorter practice) or Saturday, where it would be fresh.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) May 14, 2014
And maybe it won't affect OSU as much as it would some other programs:
FWIW, OSU probably practices less/spends less time in its facility than any program in the Big 12. Wonder if we'll see that change to adapt.— David Ubben (@davidubben) May 14, 2014
Still, this is a major penalty for a "Power 5" team, since the big schools typically can avoid APR sanctions. With the Cowboys breaking in a new quarterback, replacing seven starters on defense and opening with Florida State, they'll need all the practice time they can get.