INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - College teams that consistently underperform in the classroom are getting hit harder by the NCAA.
Nearly 150 college teams face possible scholarship losses next season and 26 others are in danger of being banned from postseason play if they donít improve next year.
The NCAAís annual academic progress report was released Tuesday. It showed more than 700 teams fell short of the mandated cut score.
But only 218 were penalized with warning letters, potential reductions in scholarships and practice time and warned they face possible postseason bans. Some were granted waivers by the governing body.
Thirty-six teams were assessed two penalties and three schools had more than one team make the list twice _ Alabama-Birmingham in menís basketball, football and menís golf; San Diego State in baseball and football; and San Jose State in baseball and menís basketball.
When a team does not improve, the punishments can become harsher with three consecutive scores under 900 leading to a postseason ban. A fourth consecutive offense would prevent them from competing at the Division I level.
Schools already facing a possible postseason ban include football teams at San Jose State, Southern and Temple, and menís basketball teams at New Mexico, Centenary and East Carolina.
Teams can cite more than one explanation for scores when filing the report with the NCAA.
This yearís result also show the largest Division I schools, those in the Bowl Championship Series conferences, performed relatively well.
Eighteen BCS teams were penalized, eight in menís and womenís basketball and two in football. Of those, only four teams _ Kansas State, Purdue, Southern California and Tennessee _ made the NCAA menís basketball tournament and all four could lose up to two scholarships next season if a player leaves school while academically ineligible.
Also making the list were traditional powers like the LSU baseball team and Tennessee menís swimming team.
Tennessee and West Virginia, which each had three teams on the list, were the only BCS schools with more than one team penalized. Each school had three teams make it _ West Virginia in menís soccer, wrestling and womenís rowing and Tennessee in menís basketball, menís swimming and baseball.
Women continue to outperform men, with a four-year average of 969 compared to 951.
Historically black colleges and universities, which last year had a disparate percentage of the low scores, fell more in line with the national averages this year. Eleven teams, 4.3 percent of the overall total, at eight historically black schools were penalized. The national average was 4.0 percent.
The most recent report includes scores from the 2003-07 academic years. An athlete earns one point for remaining academically eligible each semester and another point each semester they remain at the school, accumulating a maximum of four points each year. The scoring is altered slightly for schools on a quarters-based calendar.
Over the past four years, the scores improved slightly in 26 of the 29 sports measured by the NCAA, with decreases shown only in menís ice hockey, menís swimming and water polo.