LAS VEGAS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The UNLV football team will be banned from postseason play in the 2014 season, due to falling short of academic requirements, the school's athletic department announced Thursday.
According to UNLV, the school was denied a final appeal with an NCAA subcommittee to allow the Rebels to play, despite falling below the minimum Academic Progress Rate score. The team's average over the last four years was 925, just five points short of the minimum.
KVVU in Las Vegas said that as a part of the ban, UNLV will not be able to play in the 2014 Mountain West Championship game. In addition, four hours of weekly practice time will be replaced with four additional hours of academic activities. The team will also reduce the days of football-related activities from six to five a week.
"Improving our academic scores is something we always have and will continue to emphasize," UNLV Head Coach Bobby Hauck said. "We are going to continue to work at it and we will continue to work hard to graduate our players."