NCAA reconsiders, UNLV is eligible for Bowl

Earlier it was reported that the NCAA slapped UNLV with a post season ban for producing a deficient Academic Progress (APR) Score of 925. News flash: We have learned that the NCAA reconsidered its ruling and overturned UNLV’s football postseason ban in 2014.

The NCAA accepted what the school called an “updated” APR score, raising the school’s mark to the minimum 930 needed for postseason eligibility. The ruling came two months after UNLV became the first FBS program banned from postseason play for a deficient APR score. That followed an initial failed appeal to the NCAA.

To attain that minimum 930 score (out of a possible 1,000), schools must graduate roughly 50 percent of its athletes. The number is calcuated over a four-year rolling average. The standard was raised from 925 in 2011. The school said adjustments in scores from 2009-10 through 2012-13 were the difference.

Idaho now is the only FBS school ever to be banned from the postseason due to deficient APR score.

UNLV AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy told CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd

“We’re just ecstatic for our [academic] guys just staying at it” .

Kunzer-Murphy explained to Dodd that the school reapplied to the NCAA after recalculating some scores. The school found that some players not counted in the APR score were so close to graduation — in some cases three credit hours — it didn’t make sense to penalize the athletes or UNLV. The NCAA agreed, receiving the new information on Friday and issuing its ruling on Thursday.

This is great news for the school from the Mountain West Conference.