June 11th, 2013 at 2:58 PM ^

I think alot of this has to do with the type of player he recruits. Alot of the recruits seem to be higher character, have their head on straight and are not what I would call "thuggish" type players.

snarling wolverine

June 12th, 2013 at 10:39 AM ^

Our awful APR under Rich Rod isn't just due to transfers.  To be that low, you have to have guys leaving the program while in poor academic standing.  Someone responsible for checking on their progress dropped the ball.



June 11th, 2013 at 3:01 PM ^

The biggest thing I take from this is that our 951, which is a good score, is the worst in the league. There's plenty bad to say about the Big Ten, but we've always been an academically-driven conference, and this is more evidence of that.

oriental andrew

June 11th, 2013 at 3:39 PM ^

If you replace the 897 with another 981 (2011-2012 single year score), the 4 year average jumps to about 972 (give or take), which would put Michigan around 4th overall.  Drop off the lower scores from 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 and replace with similar scores in the 980s and you're looking at a score in the top quartile of the conference.  That's not bad.


June 11th, 2013 at 3:10 PM ^

Here is how the whole of the Big Ten fared in the last reporting period:

Northwestern 996
Wisconsin 985
OSU 982
Nebraska 972
Indiana 963
Penn State 961
Iowa 961
Illinois 960
MSU 955
Minnesota 955
Purdue 953
Michigan 951

..and here is Michigan's rolling average over the periods which are listed in the NCAA database. From 2009-2010 to this most recent period, it has moved 2.5%, which I believe is quite a good jump considering how the APR is calculated:

Academic Year Michigan
2004 - 2005 952
2005 - 2006 958
2006 - 2007 951
2007 - 2008 947
2008 - 2009 936
2009 - 2010 928
2010 - 2011 943
2011 - 2012 951



June 11th, 2013 at 4:07 PM ^

Can someone please explain what exactly the APR is and how they determine it? I only know that it's a four year average of something. Thanks.


June 11th, 2013 at 5:58 PM ^

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.

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).