LAS VEGAS (AP) - The UNLV Rebels will not be eligible for the Mountain West championship game or a bowl berth in 2014 after failing to reach the minimum Academic Progress Rate score.
The university said Thursday that its final appeal to the NCAA subcommittee was denied and sanctions will be enforced. The sanctions include no postseason competition, substituting four hours of academics for four hours of practice time weekly and five days of football-related activities a week instead of six.
An average APR score of 930 - out of 1,000 - is required over the last four years and the football team's average was 925.
UNLV President Donald Snyder said the university will use this ''as an opportunity to improve.''
The Rebels finished 7-6 in 2013 after losing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl to North Texas.