OSU football: Cowboys' Academic Progress Rate dangerously low

OSU one of 42 teams with four-year APR scores below 930. In two years, a score in that range will results in a postseason ban.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 20, 2012
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For the 2012-13 postseason, a program can qualify for the postseason with a four-year average of 900 or an average 930 score over the most recent two years.

For 2013-14, the required scores increase to a 930 four-year score or an average of 940 in the most recent two years.

Two other OSU programs failed to meet the future benchmark — the Cowboys' men's basketball program also earned a 928 four-year APR score, and the men's tennis team's was 909.

Player defections have plagued Travis Ford's basketball program since he took it over in 2008. The Cowboys have had several players leave the program, including Reger Dowell and Fred Gulley last December.

Meanwhile, all of Oklahoma's athletic programs scored solid APR numbers.

Two Sooner programs — women's cross country and women's basketball — earned four-year APR scores of 1000, the highest possible.

The Sooners' football team came in with a 970 score. The OU men's program with the highest four-year APR was gymnastics at 992.

OU's men's tennis team, with an APR at 935, was the Sooner program with the lowest score.

One notable program that won't be eligible for the postseason next year is the Connecticut men's basketball team. Although the Huskies scored a near-perfect 978 score for the 2010-11 school year, it wasn't good enough to improve their two-year average to a 930 or their four-year average to a 900.

UConn's men's basketball team scored an extremely low 826 for 2009-10.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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How a team's APR is calculated

The Academic Progress Rate is a metric developed by the NCAA to track Division I athletic programs' academic achievements.

Each student-athlete receiving sports-related financial aid earns one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible. A team's total points are divided by possible points, then multiplied by 1,000 to compute the program's APR score.

NCAA.org provides the following example:

“A Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team awards the full complement of 85 grants-in-aid. If 80 student-athletes remain in school and academically eligible, three remain in school but are academically ineligible and two drop out academically ineligible, the team earns 163 of 170 possible points for that term. Divide 163 by 170 and multiply by 1,000 to determine that the team's Academic Progress Rate for that term is 959.”

The NCAA board of directors voted last August to ban Division I athletic teams from postseason competition if four-year APRs failed to meet a score of 930 beginning with the 2014-15 postseason.

The new policy will be phased in over the next two years before being fully implemented in 2014.

For the 2012-13 postseason, a program can qualify for the postseason with a four-year average of 900 or a 930 score over the most recent two years.

For 2013-14, the required scores increase to a 930 four-year average or a 940 score in the most recent two years.

BY JASON KERSEY

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