APR penalties with actual teeth have, until recently, largely afflicted programs in sports other than college football. A program like UConn basketball missing the postseason, for instance, is a punishment that still hs no gridiron equivalent.
But that appears to be changing. The NCAA had already announced Idaho and UNLV will each suffer a 2014 bowl ban as a result of poor APR scores, and Wednesday the Oklahoman reported that a much more high-profile program will suffer its own major penalty. Citing sources, the paper reports that Oklahoma State will be forced to lose a day of practice each week during the 2014 season after falling just short on its four-year APR average.
The Cowboys needed to post an average of 930 to avoid penalty, and finished at 929.41 -- nine-hundredths of a point behind the 929.5 mark at which the number would be rounded up. The minimum benchmark was increased from 920 to 930 this year, with the Cowboys' four-year figure actually improving from 2013's 926 -- just not enough to reach the 930 plateau.
Oklahoma State is, at least, expected to avoid being banned from the postseason. Still, the loss of a day of practice each week during the season represents a major blow to the Cowboys' game week preparations -- and will certainly do nothing to help Mike Gundy and Co. reclaim the Big 12 title that so narrowly avoided their grasp in 2013.