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FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2007

Grades cost UAB
football scholarship

The Associated Press

Auburn and Alabama fared well enough in the NCAA's latest Academic Progress Report to avoid penalties, but UAB football and South Alabama men's basketball will lose a scholarship.

UAB and South Alabama lost one scholarship apiece for failing to achieve minimum APR scores of 925, the NCAA said Wednesday.

Auburn men's basketball scored only 877 but didn't lose scholarships because no academically ineligible players with eligibility remaining left the program.

The Tigers are in danger of penalties next year.

"We're going to need an almost perfect APR, maybe within a point or two," said Mark Richard, Auburn's senior associate athletic director. "You can get points back if kids come back and graduate, and we've got a couple of those. We're going to be on the bubble."

UAB scored 906 and had at least one academically ineligible player leave. The Blazers' punishment will take effect in the 2007 season under new coach Neil Callaway when UAB is expected to have only about 75 scholarship players, 10 fewer than the maximum. Callaway has implemented new guidelines for his players, athletic director Brian Mackin said. That includes making players live in dorms who have a 2.5 GPA or less or who have been in college less than three years.

"You have consequences for them not going to school and not doing their work," Mackin said. "You have to put (the enforcement) back on the coach."

New South Alabama coach Ronnie Arrow will have 12 total scholarships for next season and will not be allowed to replace junior center Jason McGriff, who left the program.

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