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NCAA bans Toledo hoops

The Toledo men's basketball team will be banned from next year's postseason because of past academic problems after the NCAA denied the school's appeal.

The ban stems from several years of below-standard scores on the NCAA's Academic Performance Rate that a year ago cost Toledo three scholarships.

The NCAA earlier this year banned Connecticut's men's basketball team from postseason because of several years of low scores.

Toledo, which plays in the Mid-American Conference, argued that the NCAA should consider its most recent academic performance from 2011-12. It said the team's grades have exceeded the NCAA standards under second-year coach Tod Kowalczyk.

The NCAA approved rules in October requiring a school have a two-year average score of 930 or a four-year average of 900 on the APR, which measures the academic performance of student-athletes, in order to qualify for the 2013 postseason tournament.

Toledo's two-year scores from 2009-11 fell just short and the school said it would not have faced a postseason ban if the latest scores would have been considered.

In other MAC basketball news: Danielle O'Banion has been hired as the new women's coach at Kent State.


Cent. Michigan dumps three

Three Central Michigan players have been kicked off the football team after being charged with crimes, including a prep star who transferred from Michigan.

Coach Dan Enos released a statement saying the players violated rules for good conduct. They are running back Austin White of Livonia, Mich., tight end Joe Sawicki of Mokena, Ill., and receiver Daniel Harris of Miramar, Fla. White had played for the Wolverines.

White and Sawicki are charged with possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms and operating a drug house in their dorm room. Harris is charged with stealing a phone from a car.


Players' union sues coaches

The NFL Players Association is suing the NFL Coaches Association in D.C. Superior Court for about $650,000. The NFLPA's complaint says it loaned the coaches' group that amount "to cover payroll and other NFLCA expenses."

The players say the dispute is over money, the coaches say it is to keep their union from breaking away.


Brown wants SMU job

Larry Brown, 71, is serious about getting back to coaching and the vacancy at SMU.

Brown said Wednesday that he hasn't yet been offered the job, but had spoken again with SMU athletic director Steve Orsini since they first met on Monday.

SMU is moving from Conference USA to the much tougher Big East in 2013.