Posted by Chip Patterson
On Tuesday, the NCAA released their latest APR report. The NCAA measures Academic Progress Rate (APR) as a way to more accurately identify academic success, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. The NCAA was proud to announce this year that football's average four-year APR is up from last year, as is basketball and baseball.
But the annual report of four-year scores does not always bring good news, particularly for some BCS football programs. Failing to score above certain APR thresholds will result in penalties for a team, ranging from scholarship reduction to restrictions on practices or worse, postseason bans.
Both Maryland and Louisville are among the football programs that will be penalized for failing to meet those standards in the most recent APR calculations. Both schools will be docked three (3) scholarships immediately, and could face further punishment if they do not improve their scores over the coming year.
Click here to access the NCAA's full APR database