The NCAA has turned down a request by Connecticut for waiver that would allow the men’s basketball program to avoid a postseason ban in the 2012-13 season.

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UConn will not qualify for the NCAA tournament because of its poor performance in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR).

New rules approved in October require a school to have a two-year APR average of 930 or a four-year average of 900. Connecticut scored 826 in 2009-10 and is expected to be about 975 in 2010-11, giving the school two-year score of 900.5 and a four-year average of 888.5.

Connecticut announced in a statement Friday it would appeal to the Division I Committee on Academic Performance Subcommittee on Appeals.

“We are deeply disappointed that our request for a waiver was denied, but we look forward to continuing in the process,” Connecticut president Susan Herbst said. “We continue to believe that we have made a very compelling case in our waiver to the NCAA and we are pleased with the recent outstanding academic success of our men’s basketball student-athletes.

“I want to be clear that during my entire career as a scholar and a teacher, I have been in full support of high academic standards in collegiate athletics. However, in this case, there are good students who could be penalized for the problematic behavior of students who have not been enrolled for years.

“Educators and parents need to do what is right for their students, and not allow them to be caught in the dynamics of public relations.”

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