The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate scores for the 2012-13 school year yesterday, and Ohio State is comfortably ahead in every sport of the threshold that results in sanctions.
Programs with APR scores below 930 over a four-year period — or 940 over two years — face penalties. Ohio State’s football program had a score of 972 for 2012-13. Men’s basketball was 977, continuing a streak of annual improvement since a low of 902 in 2005-06. The men’s program was hit by a scholarship reduction after a 911 score in 2007-08.
Six programs — men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s gymnastics, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball — had perfect 1,000 APR scores.
“That measure of academic success speaks to the commitment that our student-athletes have to getting it done in the classroom, and the support that their coaches and the academic support services people provide them,” said Dr. John P. Bruno, the university’s faculty athletics representative.
“Everybody is doing a good job. It’s a boring report — unless you’re me.”
APR scores are not a reflection of a program’s collective grade-point average. Rather, the APR is designed to track completion toward a degree.
Each scholarship athlete earns a retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for staying academically eligible. A team’s total points are divided by possible points and multiplied by 1,000 to get an APR score.
The basketball program’s issues in the past were partly because of players withdrawing from school after starting a new academic period.
“They’ve turned it around completely,” Bruno said. “That’s to (coach Thad Matta’s) credit and the guys that he’s recruiting.”
The men’s basketball program ranks in the top 70th to 80th percentile nationally. The football program ranks in the 80th to 90th percentile. Ohio State’s football APR score tied for fifth with Indiana among Big Ten schools. Northwestern (991) had the highest score. Penn State (954) had the worst. Michigan’s was 975.
Men’s wrestling had the lowest score among Ohio State’s programs with a 948.
“They had a couple guys that weren’t getting it done who have left the program,” Bruno said. “Their numbers are looking better this year than last year.”
No Ohio colleges face APR sanctions for their results in the 2012-13 academic year. Nationally, four-year APR scores rose to 957.
According to the NCAA, the number of players who have been ineligible when they left school has decreased more than 40 percent over the past decade.
Still, 36 Division I teams face postseason bans next season because of poor APR scores. None is from the five power conferences — the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern.