NCAA to Southern: No spring football practice for you because of APR issues _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Southern football coach Dawson Odums, center

Southern’s NCAA sanctions continue to mount.

All of the Jaguars’ athletic teams have been banned from NCAA postseason competition for more than a year because the university submitted unusable data in reporting student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates, a ban that extends through Nov. 1.

And now the football team will not be allowed to hold spring practice because of previous APR shortcomings, Athletic Director William Broussard confirmed Wednesday night.

The Jaguars announced their 27-player recruiting class Wednesday afternoon and, when coach Dawson Odums was asked when spring practice would begin, he said there would be an announcement Friday.

But Broussard said in a text message that the sanction was issued in 2012 and the Jaguars had “requested relief from (it) the past two years.”

“It was issued in 2012,” Broussard said, “but we completed all of the other sanctions over those two years and phased this one in.”