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              === NCAA denies UNLV appeal over postseason ban ===
 Las  Vegas, NV  (SportsNetwork.com) - The NCAA has denied UNLV's appeal over a
 postseason ban for low academic scores, the school said Thursday.
 The  ban means the  Rebels aren't eligible to play for the Mountain West title
 next  season or to  compete in a bowl game after making one for the first time
 in 13 years this past season.
 UNLV  had  an average Academic  Progress Rate score of  925 over the past four
 years -- five points below what the NCAA requires as a minimum.
 UNLV President Donald Snyder says the school accepts the decision and will use
 the situation as an opportunity to improve.
 "I  am confident  in the plan that  our athletics director and head coach have
 enacted to address the issue," he said in a statement.
 Rebels  coach Bobby Hauck agreed to a new three-year contract in November that
 runs through the 2016 season.
 UNLV went 7-6, losing to North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's
 Day.  It was the program's first bowl game appearance since the 2000 Las Vegas
 04/10 22:16:19 ET

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