According to the Toledo Blade, the Toledo men's basketball team will be banned from 2013 postseason play due to failing to qualify for the standards of the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate. UConn was hit with the same fate, though it continues to hope the NCAA will turn heel on its verdict.
Toledo is expected to announce the news at some point Wednesday, according to the Blade.
The team will also lose four practice hours per week and lop off three regular-season games, per NCAA-inforced punishment over puny graduation rates. The NCAA's APR is a relatively new measure of a program's ability to graduate its players over the course of a determined amount of two, from two to four years. Legislation against teams by way of postseason ban is a relatively new form of penalty, but is quickly becoming the most effective scare tactic the NCAA has over coaches.
More from the Blade's Ryan Autullo:
The poor APR scores predated second-year coach Tod Kowalczyk's arrival. UT's four-year rolling average of 869 from 2007-11 falls below the 930 threshold mandated by the NCAA to maintain postseason eligibility. Its two-year rolling average - 2009-11 - of 917 also misses the mark.
There is a possible catch that would allow UT to play in the postseason. NCAA presidents will meet in July to determine whether to factor in scores from 2011-12. If they go that route, UT will be fine.
UT expects to score a 980 after posting a 939 in 2010-11.
What Toledo is hoping for is the same thing UConn is hoping for: an updated "rolling average" that puts the program above that critical 930 mark.
If that doesn't happen, the Rockets won't leave March's launchpad next year.