UNLV football team now eligible to play in postseason - 8 News NOW

UNLV football team now eligible to play in postseason

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LAS VEGAS -- UNLV announced Thursday the football team is eligible to play in the postseason this year.

In April, the NCAA had banned the university from post-season play because its Academic Progress Rate, otherwise known as APR score, was below the minimum standard.

However, the NCAA informed UNLV that it had accepted an updated APR score that now makes the school eligible. When it was first rejected, the score was 925, the newly revised score for a four-year period is 930, which meets the standard.

The score measures the academic progress of the entire football team over four years. Athletics Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy says she has made the APR process a top priority.

"After we received the decision in April, I asked our group to continue looking for ways to make us better in this area moving forward but also to continue scrutinizing the numbers from the previous four years. Our academic advising team was engaged with their counterparts at the NCAA and during this process got further clarification regarding some NCAA rulings and interpretations, which led to us reapplying our scores last week," Kunzer-Murphy said.

UNLV played its first bowl game in 13 years last year. Head football coach Bobby Hauck says the team is excited to be eligible to play in the Mountain West Championship game and in the bowl season.

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