The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate reports came out earlier this week, and there was bad news in store for UDM. The men’s team had a multi-year APR of 880, well below the NCAA’s 925 threshold to avoid penalties. As a result, the Titans are only allowed to offer 11.34 scholarships for the upcoming year (down from 12.6).
The APR is a two-piece test, based on keeping players in school and eligible. If a player leaves their team, they count for 1/2 points. If they leave their team while academically ineligible to play, they count fr 0/2 points. A team’s score is normalized to points out of 1,000 possible. A few Titans took this season off from competition to “focus on academics,” so it probably comes as no surprise to those within the program that this may be on the way. Not sure whether those players who sat out count for 1/2 or 0/2 in the NCAA’s eyes.
As the program gets a more stable footing – remember, it’s in just its third year of existence – I’d be surprised if these issues are persistent. Should the Titans’ APR score improve next year, expect to see penalties from the NCAA expire.
(H/T: College Crosse).