Let's give Brian Cook credit. (Don't we always?)
Before it happened, he predicted it. That the Free Press story on APR numbers would single out Michigan football, and would fail to report the background detail needed to understand the numbers.
Brian's prediction is here:
So as to avoid a link to the hated Freep, here's the headline from Freep.com: "Michigan State's, Michigan's APR scores mostly up -- except for U-M football."
And there's this, technically correct, wholly uninformative (cf: the link above) paragraph from staff sportswriter Kevin Bull:
"The Michigan football team scored a 936, which is in the 30%-40% rank in the sport. This four-year period measured the last three years under coach Lloyd Carr and the first year under Rich Rodriguez. The score is down from 947 last year and 951 in the 2008 report."
Thanks, Free Press, and have a nice day!