INDIANAPOLIS - NCAA athletic programs with the biggest budgets, such as the six BCS conferences, scored well on the latest progress report, released yesterday. Those with less money did not.
Among the hardest-hit schools were those in the Hurricane Katrina region and predominantly black colleges. Teams at historically black colleges and universities accounted for about 13 percent of schools facing punishment because of poor classroom performance, and 13 of 49 schools receiving warning letters came from Louisiana.
The NCAA compiles an APR, which measures eligibility and retention of student athletes, for Division I program.
Teams scoring less than 925 - the equivalent of a 60 percent graduation rate under the NCAA's formula - received warning letters and could face harsher sanctions over the next 3 years. A second offense during that time would result in a reduction of practice time or games played. A third offense would result in disqualification from NCAA tournaments.
Texas Southern received five warning letters, the most nationally. Louisiana-based Nicholls State received the second-most warning letters in four sports.
BCS teams, however, accounted for only 11 of 112 penalized teams, and no school from the BCS conferences received a warning letter. The most prominent programs cited were Arizona's football team and the men's basketball teams at Cincinnati and Iowa State, which could all lose scholarships next year. *