About a month after being banned from postseason competition, the baseball, volleyball, football and men’s basketball teams at Alabama State University have been cleared to play, after the National Collegiate Athletic Association reviewed new data from the institution. The teams had initially been punished for failing to meet the NCAA’s minimum Academic Progress Rate, a score based on athletes’ eligibility, retention and graduation rates. The historically black university accounted for four of the 18 teams banned from postseason play – the NCAA’s harshest punishment for missing APR benchmarks, and one handed down most often to HBCUs – more than any other institution.
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