By Jeff Goodman
UConn's waiver request to play in the NCAA tournament next season was denied by the NCAA.
The school released a statement on Friday, and also said it will appeal the decision to the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance Subcommittee on Appeals.
The waiver was submitted to the NCAA as a result of the UConn men’s basketball team’s poor performance in the Academic Progress Rate (APR). The school also said it would schedule fewer games - a total of 26 - in an effort to focus more on academics. That's four fewer than what is allowed by the NCAA.
“We are deeply disappointed that our request for a waiver was denied, but we look forward to continuing in the process,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in the statement. “We continue to believe that we have made a very compelling case in our waiver to the NCAA and we are pleased with the recent outstanding academic success of our men’s basketball student-athletes."