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UK basketball gets a perfect APR score for 2012-13


The NCAA released its APR scores for the 2012-13 academic calendar and the UK men’s basketball team racked up a perfect score of 1000, raising its multi-year score to 989 over the four-year period.

The UK football team brought in a 932 APR score for 2012-13, continuing the streak of years without penalties. Kentucky has avoided penalty every year since 2004 when the APR was instituted.

Well done by both programs.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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29 Comments for UK basketball gets a perfect APR score for 2012-13

  1. BigBlueCat
    3:58 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t show Bob Knight this it might cause him to have a heart attack. On second thought…….

  2. China Cat
    4:01 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    • Logan
      4:19 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      If I’m Hawkins I seriously consider withdrawing from UK and accepting the $$ and playing overseas. He probably won’t make an NBA roster and he’ll make more money that way.

    • Megan
      6:46 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      You sound like you’re hard up for money. Stop thinking for other people.

    • Logan
      10:18 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      No just a thought I had that you would understand if you had any financial sense.

  3. Boogie Fan
    4:08 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Bob Knight can suck it!!!

  4. Han
    4:14 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Pfft. I bet North Carolina’s done that plenty of times.

  5. Dingbat
    4:15 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    This might be interesting if I knew what an APR was

    • Haha
      4:26 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink


    • Banker
      4:28 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Annual Percentage Rate

    • tom
      4:34 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Ding –
      It is Academic Progress Rate but I’m not sure criteria or how it is calculated.

    • Roofus Howls
      4:49 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Every scholarship student athlete can earn two points per semester (potentially). One point for remaining in good academic standing and another point for returning to school if they have eligibility remaining.

      If a player leaves early to go to the NBA, they do not count against the team’s APR.

      The only things that harm a team’s APR are transfers and people finding themselves in “poor academic standing”.

      I actually don’t understand how UK’s score could have been perfect in 2012-13 since Wiltjer transferred – but there may be something that I’m not familiar with in the calculation.

      I actually emailed the NCAA a few years ago to learn how to calculate APR. I was surprised to get an informative reply.

    • Big Blue B-Rad
      4:54 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Roofus, since Wiltjer finished out the spring semester at UK and was in god academic standing, that’s why that did not count against UK. Based on what I read, transfers don’t count against a team either, as long as they finished the semester in good academic standing.

    • Steve
      5:00 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure transfers fall into the same category as those going pro. In each of those cases, the student athlete just has to complete the semester and maintain good academic standing until they leave.

  6. James Young
    4:29 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    I read every Little Engine That Could book they put in front of me.

    • Wow
      4:41 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      You fatass impostor. Come forward and take your beating. Be a Man.

    • How Creative!
      4:42 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Oh, that is so very clever you little piece of crap.

    • TheFacts
      7:37 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Says the guy (#6 troll) that didn’t even go to college.

  7. Big Blue B-Rad
    4:52 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Bobby Knight could not be reached for comment about the perfect APR of “that school from the SEC.” lol

  8. Blueaville
    6:33 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Suck on that TARD fans and IU fans. Not only do we beat you on the court we beet you in the classroom!

    I’m so tired of people ripping Cal and our players. There are so many other programs that don’t have the APR score we have or win like we do and we are constantly the ones being ripped on.

    • Andrew
      7:03 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      actually UK didnt beat UofL in the classroom. Cards scored perfect as well

    • TheFacts
      7:25 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      That’s fine. We’ll beat that ass (AGAIN) on the court in December.

    • Blueaville
      7:56 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      there is no way they got a perfect score. somebody seriously needs to do some digging into that. they may say they got a perfect score but look at their team… way

    • Matt
      10:08 am May 15, 2014 Permalink

      UofL Basketball actually did better over the 4-year period, I believe. Pretty sure their 4-year score is perfect (1000), while ours is 989 (which is still very good).

  9. Ky_Tom
    6:41 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Teams that fail to achieve an APR score of 925 – equivalent to a 50% graduation rate – may be penalized. A perfect score is 1000. The scores are calculated as follows:

    Each student-athlete receiving athletically 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 the points possible and then multiplied by one thousand to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate score.
    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.[7]

    The NCAA calculates the rate as a rolling, four-year figure that takes into account all the points student-athletes could earn for remaining in school and academically eligible during that period. Teams that do not earn an Academic Progress Rate above specific benchmarks face penalties ranging from scholarship reductions to more severe sanctions like restrictions on scholarships and practice time.[7]

    Teams that score below 925 and have a student-athlete who both failed academically and left school can lose scholarships (up to 10 percent of their scholarships each year) under the immediate penalty structure.

    Teams with Academic Progress Rates below 900 face additional sanctions, increasing in severity for each consecutive year the team fails to meet the standard.

    Year 1: a public warning letter for poor performance

    Year 2: restrictions on scholarships and practice time

    Year 3: loss of postseason competition for the team (such as a bowl game or the men’s basketball tournament)

    Year 4: restricted membership status for an institution. The school’s entire athletics program is penalized and will not be considered a part of Division I.[8]

    The first penalties under the APR system were scheduled to be announced in December 2005. Starting with the 2008—09 academic year, bans from postseason competition were added to the penalty structure. The most severe penalty available is a one-year suspension of NCAA membership, which has not yet been assessed as of 2010—11.[9]

    Prior to 2010—11, only four teams had received postseason bans. The results of the NCAA’s APR report for that year, which covered 2006—07 through 2009—10, saw eight teams receive that penalty–five in men’s basketball and three in football. Most notably, Southern University became the first school ever to receive APR-related postseason bans in two sports. The highest-profile penalty in that year’s cycle was handed down to defending NCAA men’s basketball champion Connecticut. The Huskies lost two scholarships for the 2011—12 season due to APR violations.[9] UConn was barred from postseason play in 2012—13 due to APR penalties.[10]

    For the 2014 football season, Idaho and UNLV received postseason bans due to low four-year APR averages.[11]

    • Blue
      8:16 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      That has to be the longest post I’ve never read.

    • Matt
      10:12 am May 15, 2014 Permalink

      This was actually pretty helpful. Thank you.

  10. Megan
    6:53 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Like the pic, Drew. I wonder how many people it’s lost on.

  11. When asked for comment
    6:58 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Bob Knight said “but why are there two clocks? I don’t understand.”