The NCAA has turned down UConn’s proposal for self-imposed penalties for the failure of the men’s basketball team’s to meet standards for academic progress. Just this week what University President Susan Herbst described as “harsh” penalties were proposed by UConn, including eliminating four games and the school’s share of the Big East portion of NCAA tournament money. Without approval of its waiver request, the Huskies would be barred from postseason play next year.
A statement from UConn says the school will appeal to the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance’s Subcommittee on Appeals.
President Herbst says UConn is “deeply disappointed that our request for a waiver was denied, but we look forward to continuing the process.” She repeated her point that barring the Huskies from the tournament would punish future students for the behavior of those who are no longer enrolled.