UNLV regains postseason grid eligibility after APR change

Written By Tom Gatto

UNLV has achieved a rare victory against the NCAA. 

The association has lifted the Runnin' Rebels' football postseason ban for 2014, CBSSports.com reported Thursday. UNLV received the first-of-its-kind penalty because its Academic Progress Rate (APR) score was too low.

The NCAA's reversal came after the university submitted revised figures that met the minimum standard, according to CBSSports.com.

"We're just ecstatic for our (academic) guys just staying at it," UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy told CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd.

UNLV succeeded by recalculating its APR score. The school rechecked a number of transcripts and discovered enough changes that raised the score from 925 to 930 (out of 1,000), Kunzer-Murphy told Dodd. Schools need at least a 930 score to be eligible for postseason play.

"Accurate data is the foundation of the Academic Performance program and essential to the assessment of eligibility for postseason play," Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs, said, per CBSSports.com. "Allowing schools to correct their data according to our policies helps maintain the integrity of the program."

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