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Teams at 4 NC schools face academic sanctions

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Teams at four of North Carolina’s 19 Division I colleges face penalties for failing to meet NCAA academic standards.

The NCAA on Tuesday released this year’s Academic Performance Review, and a total of seven teams at North Carolina State, East Carolina, North Carolina-Greensboro and Gardner-Webb fell short of the academic standards required to avoid penalties.

East Carolina’s men’s basketball team faces the most severe sanction. The Pirates will lose one scholarship for the 2008-09 season and must cut their practice time by two hours per week to 18 hours because their score of 861 failed to meet the mandated cut score of 925.

Because East Carolina’s score has been lower than 900 for two straight years, a third consecutive score below that line would keep the Pirates out of the NCAA tournaments in 2009-10.

North Carolina State’s wrestling team faces a loss of nearly one full scholarship because its score of 914 made it the only Atlantic Coast Conference team cited.

At UNC Greensboro, the baseball (914), men’s basketball (920) and men’s track and field (896) teams face a combined reduction of 2.1 scholarships, and the track team was issued a public warning letter. School officials said the cut men’s basketball scholarship will come in either 2008-09 or 2009-10, depending on when the penalty can be assessed without removing a scholarship from a current player.

Gardner-Webb’s football (923) and men’s soccer (921) teams also face scholarship losses.

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