Chicago State banned from postseason

Updated: May 24, 2011, 8:44 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago State men's basketball team has been banned from postseason play, penalized two scholarships and has had its practice time limited after failing to improve its Academic Progress Rate for the 2009-10 academic year, according to figures released by the NCAA on Tuesday.

The APR is calculated each academic year based on eligibility and retention of student-athletes who receive scholarships. Rates are based on performance over the past four years.

Chicago State was given a public notice after recording an 848 APR in the 2006-07 academic year. Its rating dropped to 833 during 2007-08. After falling to 818 in the 2008-09 academic year, Chicago State was given another public notice, had it scholarships reduced by two and its practice time was limited.

The Cougars recorded an 823 APR in the 2009-10 academic year and were given their third year of historical penalties, which included the postseason ban, a reduction to 11 scholarships and a limit of five days and 16 hours of practice per week.

Chicago State was one of five men's basketball teams to receive a postseason ban.

Chicago State's entire athletic department could face Division I membership restrictions if the men's basketball team has a fourth consecutive year of poor academic performance.

A message left for Chicago State coach Tracy Dildy was not immediately returned.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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