Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
The past four years have produced the best academic stretch for Michigan athletics since the NCAA began tracking the data 10 years ago.
A record 10 U-M teams received Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards from the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Wednesday, the NCAA announced. The total is the highest for Michigan teams since the APR came into existence in 2004-05, and surpassed last year's total of six.
We need good news concerning the football program, well here's some:
The NCAA released its full annual multi-year APR report Wednesday, and Michigan football's new rolling four-year average score after the 2012-13 calendar sat at 975 -- the highest its ever been.
Here's to hoping the stabilization leads to results on the field starting this year!
Congratulations to Michigan Men's Lacrosse which was one of six D1 Lax teams to record a perfect 1000 in the Academic Progress Rate. Great accomplishment for the STUDENT-athletes.
Also congrats to Villanova, Notre Dame, Dartmouth, Colgate and Bucknell who also scored a 1000. And Duke and Yale who came in at 997.
The APR Public Recognition Awards were released today. Michigan Basketball (both men and women) were on it, as were Men's gymnastics and Women's tennis. That means that these four teams were in the top 10% of their sport's Academic Progress scores. UM news release here: http://www.mgoblue.com/genrel/060513aab.html
As for football, we'll see where we rank when full data is released on the 11th, but we're obviously not in the top 10%. Four Big 10 teams made it in football: Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Rutgers. ESPN has a little more on it here: http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/77947/three-b1g-teams-recognize...
The latest APR scores were released today and Michigan did great:
The scores for Michigan were highlighted by the men’s basketball team, which scored a perfect 1,000 in both the multi-year APR and the 2010-11 single-year APR. The men’s basketball team was one of 10 Michigan sports to receive perfect APR scores for 2010-11, including the women’s basketball team.
Michigan men’s basketball is one of 11 schools -- and the only one in the Big Ten -- to have a perfect multi-year APR score.
The Michigan football team had a single-year APR of 984 and a multi-year APR of 943. The 984 was the highest Hoke has had as a head coach, dating to his time at Ball State.
For John Beilein, it was the third time in the past four seasons his team has landed a perfect 1,000 on the APR.
It's great to see Michigan sports doing so well, academically. The multi-year APR for the football team should go up, as the attrition from the transition from RR to Hoke finally settles down. Full APR numbers for all the sports are found at the link below:
I haven't seen much posted here about APR lately. It appears this is about to hit UConn hard. Their request to the NCAA for a waiver allowing them to play in the 2012-2013 post-season has been denied. LINK: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7562956/ncaa-denies-connecticut-huskies-request-apr-waiver-2013-postseason
Assuming their appeal is not granted, that would be huge. I don't understand all the APR implications, but if teams start to become ineligible for either the Bowl season or for the NCAA tourney, or both, that would be a significant penalty. If conferences voted not to give a financial share to ineligible teams, that would sting even more.
I don't know all the issues involved, but banning teams from the post-season for a failure to perform academically is a tremendous way to make athletes attending school less of a sham.