The UConn men's basketball team likely will be banned from participating in the 2013 NCAA tournament after its waiver was denied Friday.
After the NCAA ruled that the Connecticut Huskies couldn't participate in the 2013 tournament last month due to substandard academics, UConn appealed the decision. Friday, the news came down that the appeal would be denied, meaning, barring an unforeseen scenario, UConn won't be participating in March Madness next season.
Under its by-laws, the NCAA requires schools to post a two-year Academic Progress Rate of at least 930 or a four-year average of 900, neither of which UConn is expected to meet after the numbers were calculated from last academic year. An 826 rating in the 2009-2010 season — the year before the Huskies won the Big East and national championships — doomed next year's postseason chances, despite posting an expected 975 rating last season (all numbers come via the Associated Press).
This news comes among the uncertainty surrounding when head coach Jim Calhoun, who's out indefinitely with spinal stenosis, will return. These are unsettling times in Storrs.
For UConn fans' take on Friday's developments, visit The UConn Blog.