The NCAA will discuss Southern’s ongoing attempt to have a postseason ban lifted during a conference call Thursday, but no announcement of the Jaguars’ status is expected.
Southern’s case is on the agenda for the Subcommittee on Data Collection and Reporting for its weekly Thursday conference call. The group is expected to discuss information that was gathered during a visit to the Jaguars campus last Thursday.
The subcommittee will make a presentation to the Committee on Academic Performance, which ultimately will rule on Southern’s fate.
All Jaguars programs have been ineligible for NCAA postseason competition for more than a year because the university submitted inadequate data on student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates.
Southern has been updating the data and instituting new personnel and record-keeping procedures to try to satisfy the NCAA’s standards in order to have the ban lifted. So far it has failed to satisfy the NCAA’s requests.
The subcommittee’s initial one-year postseason ban expired Dec. 2.
The NCAA could lift the ban on championship participation; it could keep the ban; or it could require Southern Chancellor Flandus McClinton to appear before the full Committee on Academic Performance (which will become known as the Committee on Academics in January). It’s unclear if any such decision will be made Thursday.
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