Idaho Football: Vandals Receive Postseason Ban for Academic Failure

Idaho Is Banned From the Postseason in 2014 (Don't Laugh)

4/28/14 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Due to low APR (Academic Progress Rate) scores, the Idaho Vandals – yes, the same football program that has won four games over the last three seasons – will be ineligible for postseason play in 2014. Blog Photo - Idaho Football: Vandals Receive Postseason Ban for Academic Failure

Idaho's APR score in the four-year span of 2009-12 was reportedly 903, says Dave Southorn. A team needs a score of at least 930 over a four-year span, or 940 over a two-year span to maintain postseason eligibility.

Let’s be honest here; Idaho isn’t anywhere close to contending for a bowl game. Not this year, not next year, and probably not the year after that. So we can get that out of the way.

That’s not what hurts. No, what hurts is the loss of four practice hours a week (although those hours will be spent on academics). The Vandals weren’t competitive in 2013, and missing out on an extra practice a week doesn’t set them up well for much improvement.

Take away its one win (which miraculously came against a 2-10 Temple squad), and Idaho was outscored by an average of 31.4 points. This includes losses to North Texas, Wyoming, Washington State, Old Dominion, and New Mexico State by a combined score of 207-70.

But we must take a positive from this. There are no draft-ready players on Idaho’s current roster, and that’s probably not going to change as things progress. These are student-athletes who have a much better chance of succeeding in post-college life with degrees and an education.

Spending an extra four weeks on academics could end up saving some of these players’ opportunities to do just that. So even though coach Paul Petrino will likely have to endure another one-win (or less) season, but at least his Vandals are going to focus on what’s really important.


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4/29/14   |   Jess   |   35116 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
Winning three would be quite the accomplishment, and I'm not being sarcastic (for once).

Oh I know...it would just be hilarious now that they aren't eligible, if they had one of those fluke seasons

4/29/14   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Jess wrote:
I'm going to really laugh if they win 9 games this year.

Winning three would be quite the accomplishment, and I'm not being sarcastic (for once).

4/28/14   |   Jess   |   35116 respect

I'm going to really laugh if they win 9 games this year.