The NCAA released it’s APR report outlining the academic performance for each athletic program during the 2009-10 academic year this week. Despite Bob Knight’s insistence that Kentucky players didn’t go to class last Spring, UK men’s basketball tied Vanderbilt for the highest APR in the SEC with a 974 rating. I’m sure Coach Knight will be speaking to correct the issue and give the Kentucky students and Coach Calipari appropriate congratulations for doing things “the right way” very soon. (If that happens, I’ll really think the world is going to end!)
By the same token, I’m sure Coach Knight was taken aback when it was announced his good friend, Jim Calhoun, saw his program docked an additional two scholarships for poor academics. UConn’s APR was 893. I say “additional” because UConn had already lost a scholarship due to NCAA sanctions for illegal recruiting practices. I certainly don’t have the sterling reputation of Coach Knight, but UConn and Jim Calhoun would seem much more representative of “all that’s wrong with college sports” than Calipari and Kentucky.
By the way, special congratulations to Brad Stevens and the Butler Bulldogs for earning special mention from the NCAA for outstanding academic performance. The “Butler Way” certainly is the way programs ought to be balancing success on the court and in the classroom. The same can be said for North Carolina and Kansas who also earned special honors.