While we were fighting back against a cyber attack on our website by an anti-KSR terrorist group across the pond, the NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate, showing that all University of Kentucky sports teams surpassed the NCAA cut score. The Cats performed exceptionally well, outperforming the national average in 15 of 20 sports.
Men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics and volleyball scored the highest with perfect scores over the past four years. Each of those teams were recognized with a national award for being in the top 10 percent of their respective sports, and in the process, matched a school record for having six teams earn the national award.
Adding to the academia excitement: 13 teams scored a perfect 1,000 for 2017-18, the most recent school year in the report. Those teams are men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics, rifle, women’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s indoor/outdoor track and volleyball.
Mitch Barnhart was pumped. He said, “It’s gratifying to have another good year of APR scores, especially when reflected in the scores of our peer group across the nation,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “The APR is a team effort – student performance in the classroom, guidance of our academic staff and how well our coaches have managed their programs.”
For those who are unaware of the APR system and what it means, it is a four-year composite, covering the academic success of student-athletes, in this case during the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. It measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation.