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Report: NCAA Rule Change Would Keep UConn Out Of 2013 NCAA Tournament

According to a report, the new Academic Progress Report rules implemented by the NCAA would keep UConn out of the NCAA Tournament in 2013. School president Susan Herbst thinks the school will have time to turn things around beforehand.

According to a report from the Associated Press, an NCAA rule change adopted Thursday would keep the University of Connecticut out of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in 2013.

A school official told the AP that the men's basketball team is expected to have a score of about 975 on the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Report, which measures academic progress. This number, if it becomes official, would give the Huskies a two-year average of 900.5 and a four-year average of 888.5, both of which would be below the 930 and 900 marks the new rules say teams have to break in order to participate in March Madness.

"The University of Connecticut has received clarification today that the two APR years for determining eligibility for the 2012-13 NCAA Championships will be 2009-10 and 2010-11," the university said in a statement Thursday evening. "As all APR information is made public by the NCAA annually in May, we will have no further comment until the official data is released."

However, UConn president Susan Herbst said Wednesday that the new rule would not be implemented until schools have a chance to show improvement. 

"We just need time to prepare, and I think that's true for a lot of institutions," she said. "We need to get the supports in place so they can meet any new standard. I have no doubt that we'll have that chance."    

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