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UNLV postseason ban lifted

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 26 2014 07:08:45 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 27 2014 09:55:59 AM CDT
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UNLV avoided a postseason ban for the 2014 season after winning its appeal against the NCAA for a low Academic Progress Rate (APR) score.

The school said in a statement Thursday that the program's APR score was raised from 925 to the NCAA mimimum requirement of 930. Recent grade adjustments from a four-year period from 2009 to 2013 and apparent miscalculations benefited the Rebels.

"Obviously, we are excited to be eligible to play in the Mountain West Championship game and a bowl this season," UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said. "Nearly every man in our program stayed together through this -- remained a team.

"That mental toughness and commitment to this school and each other says a lot about the people we have here and I think is going to serve us well on the field. Academics have always been, and will continue to be, a priority for us."

UNLV finished 7-6 last season, losing to North Texas 37-14 in the Heart of Texas Bowl. The Rebels are expected to contend for a bowl again this fall.

"We are simply ecstatic for our student-athletes, coaches and all Rebel fans everywhere," UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said. "From the day I arrived here last summer, the APR process has been a top priority. After we received the decision in April, I asked our group to continue looking for ways to make us better in this area moving forward but also to continue scrutinizing the numbers from the previous four years.

"Our academic advising team was engaged with their counterparts at the NCAA and during this process got further clarification regarding some NCAA rulings and interpretations, which led to us reapplying our scores last week."

Offensive lineman Cameron Jefferson and running back Adonis Smith decided to transfer, which they were allowed to do without sitting out a season, after the postseason ban originally was announced. Jefferson went to Arkansas and Smith to Arizona. Whether they would be eligible to return to UNLV is unknown.

Also in the wake of the ban, UNLV scheduled a 13th regular-season game against Hawaii.

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