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Big East's NCAA APR multiyear scores for men's basketball

Jim Calhoun loses over $187,000 for failing to meet NCAA standards in APR, per his contract with Connecticut.
Jim Calhoun loses over $187,000 for failing to meet NCAA standards in APR, per his contract with Connecticut.

Today, the NCAA released their annual multi-year scorecards on academic progress, defined as how well a school can keep athletes eligible and retain them. As the University of Connecticut (our NCAA national champions in men's basketball) have learned, bringing in players who are booted from school without playing a single minute really hurt. As do players who leave in poor academic standing, below a 2.6 grade point average.

The Huskies will be losing two scholarships. And Jim Calhoun loses over $187,000 total - $87,500 in a bonus, and he must give $100,000 to the University's general scholarship fund.


The scorecards that track classroom performance of Division I sports teams show continued improvement for most squads....

In the NCAA’s high-profile sports, football’s average four-year APR is 946, up two points over last year; men’s basketball is 945, up five points; and baseball is 959, up five points.

Fewer student-athletes are leaving school ineligible each year, while more than 8,400 student-athletes have returned to campus and earned their degrees in the past seven years.

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face penalties, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice and competition. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance.

There is a lot of chatter about how fair the APR measure is to schools, given that players who are already moving on to another institution or are going pro don't necessarily have the incentive to maintain a high grade point average; check out Dan Wolken's post to delve more deeply into the flaws of the APR.

The Big East teams, in APR order below the fold. DePaul is tops in the multiyear APR, with West Virginia second; and St. John's is 8th.

NCAA Basketball APR - Big East
Sport School State Academic Year Multi-Year Rate Penalties
1 Men's Basketball DePaul University IL 2009 - 2010 1000
2 Men's Basketball West Virginia University WV 2009 - 2010 995
3 Men's Basketball University of Cincinnati OH 2009 - 2010 992
4 Men's Basketball University of Notre Dame IN 2009 - 2010 989
5 Men's Basketball University of Pittsburgh PA 2009 - 2010 985
6 Men's Basketball Marquette University WI 2009 - 2010 980
7 Men's Basketball Villanova University PA 2009 - 2010 974
8 Men's Basketball St. John's University (New York) NY 2009 - 2010 968
9 Men's Basketball University of Louisville KY 2009 - 2010 965
10 Men's Basketball Rutgers NJ 2009 - 2010 948
11 Men's Basketball University of South Florida FL 2009 - 2010 937
12 Men's Basketball Georgetown University DC 2009 - 2010 937
13 Men's Basketball Seton Hall University NJ 2009 - 2010 935
14 Men's Basketball Syracuse University NY 2009 - 2010 928
15 Men's Basketball Providence College RI 2009 - 2010 925
16 Men's Basketball University of Connecticut CT 2009 - 2010 893  Immediate Penalty - Scholarship Reduction = 2; Historical Penalty - Public Notice = Yes