Who developed the descending algorithm on that sign...
Annual Academic Progress Ratin' Post
It's that aimless day in mid-June when the NCAA releases their latest batch of APRs, trumpeting the ever-increasing numbers without examining what that might mean too deeply.
If you remember other posts featuring the books and the birds, you may remember that massive attrition in the early days of Rich Rodriguez threatened to leave Michigan in the doghouse, but that a 984 last year had basically put Michigan in the clear. The new goal: wait for that transition-wracked 897 to drop off the Multiyear APR and make Ohio State take their stupid-ass sign down:
asshats ain't come to play DESCENDING SORT
With an 981 this year Michigan is well on their way. Their constituent bits of the 951 they posted:
- 2009: 897
- 2010: 942
- 2011: 984
- 2012: 981
If Michigan puts up a number similar to the last two years in the 2013 numbers they will jump to 972 next year and 980-something the year after. OSU put up a 970 this year, FWIW.
Never forget - Terrelle Pryor was Academic All B1G at OSU.
"The academic support at Ohio State, there is no way you can fail. Even if you’re giving minimal effort there is no way you can fail.” - Adolphus Washington
It's probably on purpose, but I find it humorous that he misspells his own name.
Single digits on his NFL Wonderlick test should get much more attention.
Ohio State and the Big Ten academics should suffer intense embarassment for having an illiterate player held up as an All Big Ten representative of academic achievement
My favorite tweet ever. I wonder if Cardale (or Cordale, even he isn't sure) has since figured out the main purpose of going to a SCHOOL for anything, including football, IS in fact to "play school".
Should have put him on the Academic All Big 10
Truly our next Bill Shakespeare.
The immortal Cardale Jones Tweet.
The gift that keeps on giving.
...Do they factor in the degree of difficulty, or do raw grades determine the rating? If they don't factor in difficulty, then what's the point??
For that matter, it seems like a rather arbitrary scale. Does the fact that all the schools are basically within 150 points of each other (out of 1000?) mean extreme academic parity among athletes, or is the scale like video game review sites where even the worst shovelware gets a 7/10?
I honestly have no idea what to make of this, but if I'm getting a vibe, it's that it's complete BS.
The fact that OSU is #1 in APR is proof that the tool is a worthless measuring stick.
Notice that Northwestern (for one) is missing from that list... Anyone can be #1 on a carefully selected list.
Hell, Michigan is the #1 University in the WORLD
(if you exclude Harvard, Stanford, UPenn, etc.)
Betcha season tickets it's because they beat Ohio. I mean, I have no idea how much integrity this system has overall, but whenever you test genuinely smart kids on academics they'll do well. NU was #1 this year at 996. That's #1 in the country.
Last I checked (which was a while ago but I doubt anything's changed), the football team had a graduation rate so high it was more comparable to Ivy League schools than Northwestern's student body average. They're the enemy when they play us, but otherwise they're my second favorite team because the academics alone make it hard to stay on the roster.
When I played at NU we had the #1 graduation rate. I can recall Athletic Academic Services being mostly concerned with getting our draft picks (yes we had a bunch) to finish their degrees after going pro. Seriously that was the biggest problem I heard about in study hall.
Or that OSU players are tools.
And yet everyone outside of Columbus is laughing at Terrelle Pryor's idiotic comments, Jim Tressel's serial lying and Gordon Gee's terminal foot in mouth disease. Live it up, Buckeyes, the world still counts you as morons.
Looks like IU is 5th in the B10. Take that, Michigan Nerdz..............
Just a quick question on the 2014 recruiting board, and a comment on a change.
- When will we see the 2014 defense recruiting board?
- On the offensive side of the 2014 board, I'm attempting to edit Leornard Fournette, to add the report of a desired official visit, and change from "Nefarious Eduardo" (angry red icon) to "Data" (neutral yellow icon.) I will probably botch this up, but perhaps one of you more html literate types can make it right, if it is wrong.
Edit: the changes I made to the board appear to have worked. Although, I'm dubious about changing Fournette to "data." Until I hear more, I can't see him leaving LA and LSU, official visit or not. "So there's a chance" still seems awfully pie in the sky positive to me, and not something to be too excited about. You guys.
970 is both greater than and less than 975?
11W is claiming this as a victory.
To that, I say:
Ohio State is still a shitty school.
Seriously though. If they had any brains they would know APR is a half-baked star anyway.
Academic progress rates don't win football games or trophies.
to rebuilding the precious entity once known as Big Ten Football. Now if we could just get more bowl wins and stop the trend of mediocre recruiting.