It was announced back in May that the Oklahoma State football team would be penalized 2 practice hours each week for failing to meet Academic Progress Rate, or APR, set forth by the NCAA. With an average score of 929.41 over the last four years, the Cowboys fell just short of the minimum score of 930 to avoid penalty.
It was announced on Tuesday that Oklahoma State would no longer face penalties after it had been discovered that a football player from the 1990's had recently graduated.
Detective work saves #OkState from NCAA practice time penalty http://t.co/LVhq149l15 via @sbnation— CRFF (@CowboysRFF) July 30, 2014
The graduating player lifted the Pokes score just enough to escape the wrath of the NCAA.
"Throughout this process the NCAA has been committed to having complete and accurate data," said OSU's Senior Associate Athletic Director For Compliance, Kevin Fite, in a statement from OSU. "We were provided a great deal of assistance in ensuring the information we were evaluated on accurately reflected our football team's academic performance, based on APR standards. When the additional point was discovered earlier this summer, the NCAA staff promptly re-evaluated our situation and added the point, which took us out of the penalty range."
The graduating player was not named, but it shouldn't be too hard to figure out who it was. Just look for the student submitting projects via a floppy disk or covering his books with old grocery paper sacks.
Suffice it to say, the ridiculousness of the situation was not lost on the internet either.
This APR news really is amazing. Someone who went to college in the 90s graduated so a bunch of kids born in the 90s can now practice.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) July 29, 2014
Whoever that Oklahoma State player was from the ‘90s should have his jersey number retired.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) July 29, 2014
How #OKState decided on which player to graduate from the 90's & avoid the NCAA's APR penalties. pic.twitter.com/FS4FBJkDAn— Chris Ross (@ChrisRossCRFF) July 30, 2014
In light of #OkState APR news I've done some sleuth work and came across actual video of the graduation ceremony. http://t.co/aW74NtS02j— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) July 29, 2014