The University of Idaho Vandals haven't been to too many postseason bowl games lately, but one thing's for sure: they won't be going next season, either.
The NCAA has slapped the U of I with a number of penalties, including ineligibility for any bowl game appearance during the 2014 season, after failing to meet the governing association's rules on academic standards. According to a statement from the NCAA, the U of I football team came in below the thresholds of the Academic Progress Rate standards for the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. In fact, the APR scores showed a steady decline during the four seasons. In response, the university said it had already made modifications to its football program in order to address the APR decline.
“It’s unfortunate that the players who are here now and are working hard, going to class and doing things right, are paying the penalty for the past,” head football coach Paul Petrino told KREM-TV.
APR scores are compiled based on retention of student athletes for each semester, with each student eligible to receive a total of four points. The maximum score that any school can receive is 1,000, but a rating of 930 or less over a four-year period opens the way to penalties.
The University of Idaho's four-year APR average for 2009-2012 was 903.
The U of I was also told that it will lose four hours of practice per week that must be devoted to studying.