UConn's last appeal rejected
The NCAA has turned down the University of Connecticut's final appeal on behalf of its men's basketball team for a waiver of recently instituted academic requirements -- a decision that likely will keep the Huskies out of next year's postseason.
UConn doesn't qualify for the NCAA tournament because of several years of below-standard Academic Progress Rate scores. It had requested the waiver, arguing that recently instituted reforms have led to improved scores over the past two seasons.
On Thursday, UConn said its appeal failed, though the school is still hoping to become eligible for the 2013 postseason by having the rules changed again to allow it to submit the more recent test scores.
In other college basketball news, Syracuse center Fab Melo is entering the NBA draft after a breakout season in which he twice got held out because of eligibility issues.
The 7-foot sophomore from Brazil made the announcement Thursday. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for Syracuse (34-3) this past season. He led the Big East in blocks per game and was named the conference's defensive player of the year.
Horned Frogs face charges
Three more TCU football players have been charged with felony marijuana delivery after a six-month sting.
Defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, linebacker Tanner Brock and offensive tackle Ty Horn are among 14 people charged in the TCU drug investigation, bringing the number charged to 23. All three are charged with delivering a quarter-ounce to five pounds of marijuana.
Cornerback Devin Johnson was charged last month with three cases of delivering a quarter-ounce to five pounds of marijuana.
Convictions could mean up to two years in state jail for Brock, Horn and Johnson. A conviction could mean up to 10 years in prison for Yendrey, who's charged with delivering in a drug-free zone.
From News Staff and wire service reports