Southern makes case before NCAA panel, waits to hear fate

All Southern can do now is wait to hear its fate from the NCAA.

Jaguars officials appeared before the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance on Wednesday in Indianapolis, making its case to have lifted a ban on all its teams from competing in the NCAA postseason.

The hearing ended at mid-day and it’s unclear just how long it will be before a decision is made. Southern athletic director William Broussard texted that he and the Jaguars’ eight-person delegation to the hearing “are embargoed (from commenting) for 21 days or until a decision is rendered.”

He directed all questions to NCAA spokesperson Michelle Hosick, who wouldn’t speculate on when a decision would be forthcoming. On Tuesday, Hosick responded to an email by saying APR data for all Southern teams will be made public “later this summer.”

The Jaguars have been banned from NCAA postseason competition since last December because the university provided a significant amount of unusable data in reporting Academic Progress Rates of its student-athletes to the NCAA.

After months of updating the data and revamping its system for compiling and reporting APR information, Southern officials made their closing argument Wednesday.

The NCAA said its APR penalty structure no longer includes scholarships reductions, but does allow for sanctions such as “coaching suspensions, practice restrictions and competition reductions.”

Two NCAA representatives visited the Southern campus in April to evaluate changes the university has made to its record-keeping and submission to avoid future shortcomings.

As a result of the ongoing postseason ban, any Jaguars entering their final year of eligibility in the fall are free to transfer to another school without having to sit out the customary one year, provided they are meeting NCAA academic progress requirements.

The NCAA requires that a school in Southern’s situation advise student-athletes entering their final year of eligibility of the transfer opportunity, which the Jaguars have done.