FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Ã¢â‚¬â€ The Arkansas menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s basketball team will lose one scholarship next season as punishment for having a low score in the NCAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest Academic Progress Report. The Razorbacks posted an APR score of 892 for a four-year period, well below the NCAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s benchmark of 925.
Athletic director Jeff Long says he anticipated the punishment, announced Tuesday. He says the poor academic standing played a factor in his decision to fire John Pelphrey after four seasons as coach. Long says he informed new coach Mike Anderson of the APR issues during the hiring process.
Long said Arkansas will likely be without the basketball scholarship during the 2012-13 season. The Razorbacks could have lost four hours of weekly practice time, but the NCAA decided against that following an appeal by Arkansas in April.