Category Archives: APR


For UConn, Lessons From a Year of Tournament Exile

Last summer the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team became the first program in a major conference to face a ban on play in the NCAA tournament for poor academic performance.

Since the problems surfaced, university officials say they have made significant changes in their athletics culture, removing the director of academic services for athletes and replacing the top academic adviser for men’s basketball.

A new athletic director brought a different perspective as well. Warde J. Manue…


Notre Dame Scores a First: No. 1 in Football and in Graduating Its Players

Notre Dame’s football program this week became the first to earn a No. 1 ranking in the Bowl Championship Series standings while having the nation’s top graduation rate.

The Fighting Irish had a 97-percent NCAA Graduation Success Rate in the most recent period. That’s more than 20 points higher than the results of any of the other top-five BCS programs.

The team’s Academic Progress Rate, a more accurate NCAA measure of players’ real-time academic performance, is 970, putting it in the top 70 to…


Researchers Weigh Value of Less-Prestigious Bowl Games

Participating in lower-tier bowls does little to drive enrollment but adds slightly to the bottom line, new research suggests, countering the notion that postseason football, outside of the highest-rated games, is a money drain.

Bowl participation also does not lead to poorer classroom performance by players, a finding that contradicts previous studies, which found that athletes who put in extra practice hours during the postseason often did worse in their classes.

The study–“The Effects of …


What’s Behind UConn’s APR Turnaround?

The Connecticut men’s basketball team was the only major-conference program to draw a postseason ban as part of the stricter new NCAA academic-progress penalties announced on Wednesday. Because of a series of low APR scores in recent years, the Huskies, who won the national title in 2011, must sit out next year’s NCAA tournament.

Three years ago, UConn had an Academic Progress Rate of 826 out of a possible 1,000. The following year, 2010-11, the Huskies posted a 978. This year’s number isn’t ava…


The World According to Jay

Chapel Hill, N.C.–”You may get the idea that I’m somehow anti-NCAA or that I’m a critic of the NCAA,” Jay Bilas said in all seriousness. “I’m critical, but I love college sports. I believe in what the NCAA is supposed to stand for–I just don’t think they always stand up for that.”

That’s how one of the NCAA’s biggest critics started his keynote address at the annual conference of the College Sport Research Institute here Thursday. Then, over the next hour, the ESPN analyst picked apart the many …