Oklahoma State's football program will be forced to lose a day of practice each week during the 2014 season after falling just short on its four-year APR average.
The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate data Wednesday and Oklahoma State has an average score of 929.41 over the past four years and an average score of 943.54 over the past two years. The APR is a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term.
Teams must earn a 940 two-year average or a 930 four-year average to participate in the postseason. While OSU's two-year average makes it eligible for postseason play, its four-year average makes it subject to a restriction of practice time.
"We are taking steps to ensure that our APR numbers improve moving forward," athletic director Mike Holder said in a statement. "We are accountable for what we do and ultimately, we are here to serve our student-athletes and do our best to keep them on track to be lifelong contributors to society."
The OSU football team posted scores of 916 in 2009-10, 915 in 2010-11, 953 in 2011-12 and 934 in 2012-13.
"We have shown significant improvement over the last two years and we were able to demonstrate that we've taken strategies to address the areas where we were losing points. That's why we received partial relief from the standard penalty." said Kevin Fite, OSU senior associate athletic director for compliance.
The school said when the APR is calculated next year, the 916 from 2009-10 -- one of OSU's lowest scores in the current four-year cycle -- will not be included.
The NCAA actually reduced its original standard penalty of four practice hours to two hours because of the "significant improvement" the school showed over the past two years. The NCAA allows football teams up to 20 hours of practice time per week.
The story was first reported by GoPokes.com and confirmed by The Oklahoman through a university source within the athletic program.
The NCAA had already announced Idaho and UNLV will each suffer a 2014 bowl ban as a result of poor APR scores.