Southern is finishing its first test since having an NCAA postseason ban lifted.
The Jaguars face a Saturday deadline to submit Academic Progress Rates data relating to student-athletes for the upcoming fall semester. Southern and other universities that have been penalized for submitting unusable data face an earlier deadline than the fall deadline for universities that have remained in good APR standing.
Interim athletic director Roman Banks said the Jaguars new university-wide system for compiling and reporting data has helped expedite the process.
“We feel really good,” Banks said. “We’ve come a long way. A lot of our student-athletes were able to use summer school to their advantage.”
Some of that summer school data won’t make the Saturday deadline because of the quick turnaround. Final grades for the summer session were posted two weeks ago.
Banks said the Jaguars would submit about 90 percent of the data by the deadline. The fall semester begins Monday.
The NCAA said it could re-institute the postseason ban, which applied to all athletic programs, if the data submitted is incomplete or unusable. A ruling on the new data is expected in the coming weeks.
The NCAA lifted the ban May 15, ending an 18-month punishment for Southern having submitted unusable data designed to verify that its student-athletes met NCAA standards.
During the ban, Southern officials worked overtime to not only supply the necessary data, but to install the new data-gathering system to prevent future submission of unusable data.
If the data is usable, the Jaguars programs will be evaluated individually to see if they have met the NCAA minimum score to remain in good standing for the fall semester.