Tide, Cards make grades in classroom
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 7:00 pm
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alabama and Louisville are performing almost as well in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
On Wednesday, the reigning national champs in the two most visible college sports made the NCAA’s honor roll for academic success. Louisville was one of 35 men’s basketball teams to score between 978 and 1,000 on the annual Academic Progress Rate. Alabama was one of 13 Bowl Subdivision schools to make the cut.
In all, 976 teams made the most recent list that covered the four-year period ending in 2011-12. Alabama won the national championship then, too, and Louisville reached the Final Four. Actual scores for each school will be released Tuesday.
The most telling signal of progress may be this: 10 national champs were honored Wednesday. The other winners were Alabama in men’s golf, Duke in men’s lacrosse, Indiana in men’s soccer, Georgia in men’s swimming, Michigan in men’s gymnastics, Oregon in women’s indoor track, Texas in women’s volleyball and Yale in men’s ice hockey,
The APR is billed as a real-time academic measure of every Division I team.
Each athlete receives one point per semester for remaining academically eligible and another point each semester for remaining at that school or graduating. Critics contend the numbers merely illustrate the growing disparity between the haves, who can afford fancy academic facilities and large support staffs, and the have-nots, who lack the means to give their athletes more help.
Louisville posted a score of 965 in three of the previous four APR releases, while Alabama has seen its scores steadily improve from 916 in 2004-05 to 942, 944, 955 and 957.
Butler, the two-time men’s basketball runner-up, was back on the NCAA’s list after earning perfect marks of 1,000 each of the previous three years.
And Indiana’s basketball team, which spent more time ranked No. 1 than any other school last season, made it just five years after coach Tom Crean inherited a program that had posted three consecutive sub-900 scores.
Published in The Messenger 6.6.13