Tag:APR Scores
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 2:50 pm

Low APR scores will keep schools out of bowls

Posted by Tom Fornelli

For the longest time all any school needed to become bowl eligible in college football was to win six games in the season. The six wins weren't a guarantee of a postseason game, but if you were in the right conference, it was essentially an automatic.

Well, that's going to be changing in the next few years. While most attention will probably be paid to the NCAA's announcement that athletes will receive up to an additional $2,000, there was another announcement made today as well.

You no longer need only six wins to be eligible for the postseason, but you better graduate players as well.

Schools must have an average APR score of 930 over a four-year span to be eligible. The previous mark was 900, and 930 is roughly equal to a 50% graduation rate. The rule will not be implemented until the 2012-13 school year, and will go into effect gradually.

For the first two years schools must have a 900 multi-year APR score or an average of 930 over the last two years to participate. In the 2014-15 year it will rise to a 930 multi-year APR or an average of 940 over the last two school years. Then when the 2015-16 school year begins it'll be a 930 multi-year APR score of you're staying home during bowl season and there will be additional penalties.

So, in other words, victories on the football will not be the only ones that count toward bowl eligibility, but victories in the classroom as well.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:23 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 1:24 pm

Correction: Florida State's APR score

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Thursday I wrote a post in which I looked at the school's currently ranked in the preseason USA Today's coaches poll and their APR scores. I did this because with the NCAA's decision to raise APR requirements, it could mean that some big time programs could be in jeopardy of being ineligible for postseason play.

In the post I wrote that Florida State was the only school currently ranked that would not be eligible for postseason play, as the school's APR score was 927. THIS WAS A MISTAKE. Due to a calculation error on my part, I came up with the incorrect score for Florida State. The correct score for Florida State is 932.

This means that Florida State would be eligible for postseason play were the rule to go into effect right now.

I'd like to apologize to Florida State and any readers for my mistake, and I'd like to thank Associate Director of Communications at Florida State, Robert Wilson, for pointing it out to me and being understanding of the error.
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:03 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 1:26 pm

APR scores and the Top 25

Posted by Tom Fornelli

UPDATE: I incorrectly reported Florida State's APR score when originally publishing this post. You can see the correction info here.

As you've likely heard about in recent days, the NCAA has approved a plan to raise the required APR score of a school from 900-930 if that school wants to participate in postseason play. APR scores -- short for Academic Progress Rate --  are a way for the NCAA to measure how a school performs not on the field, but in the classroom. The 930 score the NCAA plans to use as the base requirement is calculated as an average of the last four years.

For the college football fan, though, the interest in this decision is a lot less about what an APR score is and how it's calculated, and more about how it affects the school they root for. CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy took a look at the 17 schools who didn't meet the 930 requirement in the 2009-10 school year, but I decided to take a look at the top 25 schools in the preseason coaches poll and list each school's average APR score over the last four years alongside them.

1. Oklahoma - 962
2. Alabama - 957
3. Oregon - 942
4. LSU - 965
5. Florida State - 932
6. Stanford - 976
7. Boise State - 974
8. Oklahoma State - 945
9. Texas A&M - 934
10. Wisconsin - 968
11. Nebraska - 950
12. South Carolina - 938
13. Virginia Tech - 940
14. Arkansas - 930
15. TCU - 968
16. Ohio State - 975
17. Michigan State - 941 
18. Notre Dame - 978
19. Auburn - 935
20. Mississippi State - 939
21. Missouri - 958
22. Georgia - 973
23. Florida - 971
24. Texas - 947
25. Penn State - 974

As you can see looking at the scores, only Florida State is currently under the new requirement of 930 with an APR score of 927. That means that if the new rule were to go into effect right now, no matter how well Florida State played this season, even if they qualified for the BCS National Championship, the Seminoles wouldn't be allowed to play in it.

So when one of the top five schools in the country isn't eligible, the rule change is a big deal.

Still, even though Florida State is the only school that would be ineligible, there are plenty of other schools hovering in the danger zone. Arkansas is right on the line at 930, and then there's Texas A&M at 934, Auburn at 935, South Carolina at 938 and Mississippi State at 939. That means that one bad year for any of those schools could see them ineligible for postseason play in the near future.
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:53 pm

Louisville loses three scholarships

By Brett McMurphy
CBSSports.com Senior Writer
Louisville will lose three of its 25 football scholarship this year due to substandard academic progress rate (APR) scores, the school announced Friday.
The Cardinals' 2009-10 four-year APR for football for the period from 2006-10 is 908, below the minimum required mark of 925. In anticipation of the scholarship reduction, Louisville only signed 21 student-athletes in its 2011. Louisville will still be allowed its full allotment of 85 scholarship players.
"Continuity and stability among our coaching staffs lends itself to better performance and unfortunately our football student-athletes endured three football coaches in four years," UL athletic director Tom Jurich said in a statement.  "We want to improve our figures rapidly and I'm impressed with the measures Charlie Strong has implemented in our football program.  I'm confident that we are our currently headed in the right direction.  We have already addressed the penalties and have put it behind us."
Second-year head coach Charlie Strong has emphasized improving the team's APR rate and the Cardinals have already made strides.  Twenty-one of the 23 seniors who will be included in the 2010-11 APR report either have already graduated or are expected to graduate in August 2011.  In the classroom, the team's GPA has also risen over the last three semesters.
Louisville coach Charlie Strong said he will make it a priority in improving the team's APR rate. The school said 21 of the Cardinals' 23 seniors, which will be included in next year's APR report, have already graduated or are expected to graduate. Also, the team's GPA has increased in the last three semesters.  
The schools has taken several measures to improve its APR scores, including include adding academic support staff, which will provide better monitoring and support. Also more frequent progress reports will be addressed with the coaching staff and additional consequences have been established for failure to meet academic requirements.
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