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Report: Poor APR to cost Oklahoma State day of practice per week

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Mike Gundy will reportedly have to make do with one less day of practice a week. (USATSI)
Mike Gundy will reportedly have to make do with one less day of practice a week. (USATSI)
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 news was first reported by GoPokes.com. The Tulsa World also reported that the team will lose two additional practice hours each week.

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.

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