TSU Football eligible for post-season play after all

The TSU Athletic Department received news on Thursday that due to a recalculation of the football program’s multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR), the team is not subject to a postseason ban or Level I penalty for the upcoming season. With the news, the TSU athletic program continues its stretch of exceeding the NCAA’s APR threshold for all sports, and has never been issued a postseason ban or penalty of any level.

“Although many perceive the APR as purely academic, it is actually more complex than that with retention being an equal part of the calculation,” Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips said. “The athletics department, university and football staff will continue to work together in meeting and exceeding the standards established by the NCAA.”

On May 27, the NCAA published its annual report in which the Tennessee State football program’s rate was deemed to be below the benchmark set by the NCAA. The PRIDE ran that story last week, because it then appeared valid. We apologize for the confusion, and congratulate the TSU Tigers on maintaining excellence in their programs.