Posted on: April 4, 2011 10:58 am
Edited on: April 4, 2011 11:07 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
As Maryland's new head football coach, Randy Edsall is trying to put in place new standards and practices that will mark his era as the face of the Terps' program. Unfortunately, he will still have to deal with some of the consequences from the old regime. Maryland's football program will lose three scholarships for the 2011-2012 season for failure to meet the NCAA standards on Academic Progress Rate (APR). Maryland's football APR score from 2009-2010 will be 922, three points below the 925 mark for avoiding penalties.
"We already have a system in place to deal with and rectify the situation," Edsall said in an official release. The APR was created by the NCAA to measure real-time academic progress over a four year span. The numbers are calculated annually, and Maryland's score will reflect the performance from 2006-2007 to 2009-2010.
"The APR gives us a four-year look at past performance, which unfortunately was not as good as we would have liked," said athletic director Kevin Anderson. "We do feel, though, that with changes in our staffs and processes, we will get a fresh perspective on how best to ensure we reach and surpass our goals academically in the future."
Edsall has already made headlines for his conduct and appearance changes to the football program. Gone are baseball caps, do-rags, and earrings from the Gossett Football Team House. Players may have facial hair, but only if it is neatly trimmed. It is all part of a stricter approach that includes a strong focus on academics.
Posted on: September 14, 2010 6:05 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Ever heard of Mark Emmert? Probably not, but that's about to change. Emmert, currently the University of Washington president, was named the NCAA's next president, and Emmert will assume the role in October. He's got a lot of work ahead of him.
Principal among Emmert's concerns, according to an interview he gave with the USA Today, is enforcement, and rightly so; every vacated win, championship appearance, or Heisman Trophy is a black eye for an organization that has tasked itself with preserving athletic amateurism at all costs.
There's an important point to be made here, that Emmert's focus is on enforcement and not, say, legislation; Emmert hasn't talked about adding new rules nearly as much as putting more heat on offenders of existing rules, and this shift in priorities will almost certainly extend to the staff structure itself:
Emmert wouldn't rule out a reduction in the NCAA's staff of almost 500, paralleling cost-reduction efforts at many individual schools. But he was emphatic Tuesday that any such measures wouldn't extend to enforcement
That staff, Emmert said, "potentially" could grow.
Responding in part to the concerns of conference commissioners, the NCAA has beefed up enforcement efforts in men's basketball in particular. It broke off three investigators two years ago to focus solely on the sport, and is putting three new investigators on the team this month.
Of course, Emmert's efforts will likely be insufficient (or, at the very least, certainly more inefficient) if he can't remove the incentives or dramatically increase disincentives for misbehavior in the first place. Agents still pursue athletes while they're in college because it still makes good business sense. Coaches still figure out a way to get money into players' and AAU coaches' hands because in the unlikely event that they're caught, they can still count on having a job, either at the school or somewhere else. That's Emmert's primary challenge, right there.