In 2013 UNLV football reached its first bowl game since the 2000 season. Now, with the 2014 season still four months away, we already know the Rebels won't be repeating the feat this season.
The school announced Thursday that its appeal of a postseason ban due to a low APR score has been denied.
“I am disappointed for the vast majority of our football players who understand the importance of academics and who embrace and meet their responsibilities,” said UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. “In fact, 96 percent of the football players on our current roster have never cost UNLV an APR point – so clearly, the overwhelming majority of our student-athletes understand that their first priority must be academics.”
UNLV's APR score for the four-year period of 2010 to 2013 was at 925, and the minimum score required for a team to be eligible in the postseason is 930. The sanctions aren't just limited to missing out on a possible bowl game, or a Mountain West championship, either.
UNLV's program will also be required to replace four hours of weekly practice time with four additional hours of academic activities. The Rebels will also be limited to five days of football-related activities per week instead of six.