Friday, July 22, 2005

Another kind of APR to make you roll your eyes

I haven't been paying much attention to the news lately, which you can infer from the content of my recent posts (abortion stats post being the exception). Work's been so busy that I haven't had as much time to look through the Post, the Times, or Salon.

The only news I've been getting lately seems to come from bloggers. I've read about the AVIAN Act at Phantom Scribbler, and Scrivener has been covering the shit out of the Victoria Plame leak.

At the moment (i.e., this very second), the news story that has me the most irate is the latest idiotic idea from the NCAA: the Academic Progress Rate. If you go to or went to or just root for an ACC school, SEC school, Pac-10 school, Big 12 school, Big Ten school, or practically any school that isn't in the Ivy League* (which theoretically doesn't give athletic scholarships), you should be pissed off about this rule. The Post's Sally Jenkins has done a good job explaining what's wrong with the APR:

The APR works on a points scale, with 1,000 the highest score. If a school repeatedly falls below 925, because, for instance, it produces too many great basketball or football players who turn pro early, it can be kicked out of the NCAA tournament or a bowl game, no matter what the academic standing of the players.

But, as she explains earlier in the column,
The so-called reformers all wring their hands publicly about trying to legislate academic morality, when the fact is, if they would emphasize decent academic standards on their individual campuses, they wouldn't need a grandstand play like the APR.

Apparently, in coming up with this moronic plan, the NCAA didn't get any input from the coaches, which is incredibly arrogant. Happily, the NCAA is going to be reviewing the APR rules next week. They'd better rethink the best way to achieve their stated goal of more and better "student-athletes."

* Sorry, Phantom.


Anonymous KathyR said...

So, if a school recruits really well and makes a few superstars, they get punished even if (unlikely, but still) those kids are all Academic All-Americans?


9:17 AM, July 23, 2005  
Blogger Piece of Work said...

I am so NOT surprised that this is the rule the NCAA came up with, and that they didn't bother to check in with the coaches.
Ridiculous, but exactly what you'd expect, given their history. Ugh.

11:41 AM, July 23, 2005  

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