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Utah one of 20 teams to go from pass to fail

5/11/2005 - Utah Utes

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah men's basketball team went from a
passing grade to failing under a revised NCAA academic progress
report card released this week.

The program can still avoid possible NCAA sanctions if it
improves its grade next year.

Utah was one of 20 teams to drop into failing range after the
NCAA revised its initial report, released in February.

Utah coach Ray Giacoletti said Utah dropped because a player who
had been counted as a graduate had an incomplete in a course he
needed. Giacoletti said the player has since completed the
requirements.

The scores are based on figures from the 2003-04 school year,
before Giacoletti was hired to replace Rick Majerus.

"These numbers have nothing to do with us," Giacoletti said.

Utah will take another hit on this school year's figures because
AP Player of the Year Andrew Bogut left after his sophomore season
and three other players left the team.

Utah's baseball team and Brigham Young's men's volleyball also
fell below the academic cutoff score, which will have much more
meaning in the future. Teams that consistently fall below the
cutoff could face sanctions including scholarship losses.

No penalties will be enforced until data from the 2004-05 school
year are included. Stronger penalties, such as bans on postseason
play, are expected to be enforced by the fall of 2008.