LAS VEGAS — The UNLV football team is eligible to play in the postseason this year after the NCAA officially informed the University on Thursday that it had accepted an updated Academic Progress Rate score from the school.
UNLV's average APR score for the four-year period is now 930, which meets the minimum needed to avoid any sanctions. In April, UNLV announced that its appeal to an NCAA subcommittee had been denied after the institution's initial score of 925. However, adjustments to the scores from the four-year period (2009-10 through 2012-13) resulted in additional points.
"We are simply ecstatic for our student-athletes, coaches and all Rebel fans everywhere," said UNLV Athletics Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. "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.
"I want to thank the NCAA staff for their quick review of our adjustments that affected our eligibility for postseason play. Thanks to all of our staff who worked so hard on this, including the continuing support from our University President, Don Snyder. This is great news but also just the next step in continuing to improve our systems and helping give all of our programs the best possible APR results each year."
UNLV, which played in its first bowl game in 13 years last season, will now attempt to qualify for a bowl game in back-to-back years for the first time in program history.
"Obviously we are excited to be eligible to play in the Mountain West Championship game and a bowl this season," UNLV head 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."
"Accurate data is the foundation of the Academic Performance Program and essential to the assessment of eligibility for postseason play," said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs. "Allowing schools to correct their data according to our policies helps maintain the integrity of the program."
— From news release