The NCAA announced that Oklahoma State will no longer face penalties for a low academic progress rate (APR) score in the 2014 season, thanks to an updated calculation and some research from the school's athletic department.
According to the school, the recent graduation of a student-athlete from the 1990's made just enough of an impact on the APR score to bring the Cowboys back above the threshold for restrictions. Oklahoma State will not release the name of the former student-athlete, but his impact will keep the football team from missing one day of practice per week during the 2014 season.
"We are very thankful for the cooperation of the NCAA staff during this process and we appreciate their focus on the accuracy of the data. We are also thankful that we received a speedy resolution," Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder said in a school-released statement. "In the long term, this process will be a positive thing for our athletic department because nothing is more important to us than playing by the rules and graduating our student-athletes. This has caused us to re-examine how we monitor the APR and make some positive changes."
Kyle Porter, of Eye On Golf and Pistols Firing, points out the butterfly effect of all this APR madness.
This APR news really is amazing. Someone who went to college in the 90s graduated so a bunch of kids born in the 90s can now practice.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) July 29, 2014