CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii Sports) - The Islanders' men's basketball program was dealt a blow Wednesday when the NCAA banned them from postseason play in the 2012-13 season for academic reasons.
A&M-Corpus Christi failed to meet the minimum requirement score in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) report, released earlier in the day. The report measures a university's ability to retain players yearly on an academic basis and also how many players graduate.
The Islanders knowingly fell below the minimum requirement last summer when then new Head Coach Willis Wilson cut four players due to academic reasons. Wilson and the rest of the athletic administration thought they would only lose scholarships that season and this upcoming season, as per the NCAA rules at the time.
The NCAA then threw the Islanders a curve ball just a few months later in October of 2011 when they changed the penalties for not meeting the APR requirements from scholarships reductions to a postseason ban and made it retroactive to the previous academic year.
The oddest part of the story is that if Wilson and the Islanders had retained three of the four players that were originally dismissed, but kept them benched all season (since they would have been academically ineligible), they would have been over the minimum score in the APR report and wouldn't have had reduced scholarships or a postseason ban.