No APR penalties for UT men, women

Football's 931 score ranks last in the SEC

UT SPORTS APR

Sport APR D-I avg. Last year

Men

Football 931 948 937

Basketball 962 950 949

Baseball 943 965 938

Cross Country 936 973 936

Golf 959 973 974

Swim/Dive 984 974 975

Tennis 961 973 947

Indoor Track 943 963 932

Outdoor Track 944 965 933

Women

Basketball 1000 970 995

Cross Country 994 981 994

Golf 1000 985 1000

Rowing 998 986 990

Soccer 962 980 953

Softball 964 978 952

Swim/Dive 982 985 977

Tennis 1000 982 1000

Indoor Track 990 974 981

Outdoor Track 990 975 981

Volleyball 989 980 984

Note: Scores are for the period of 2007-08 through 2010-11.

Tennessee's men's and women's sports teams were all safely above the penalty line in the NCAA's latest academic progress rates (APR) issued Wednesday.

That's the bottom line.

The Vols' football score of 931, however, ranked last in the SEC and declined for the fourth consecutive year. Among BCS conference schools, only Louisville (911) and Oklahoma State (928) were lower.

The APR is a predictor of graduation success factoring eligibility and retention of scholarship athletes.

The score is based on a rolling four-year period. The report released Wednesday was for the period beginning in 2007-08 and ending in 2010-11.

Teams lose points for athletes who leave the program and more points for athletes who leave not in good academic standing.

The latter is the dreaded "0-for-2" category. The NCAA's cutoff line for sanctions is 925.

UT's low score for football probably reflects the turnover in head coaches and player attrition during the four-year period of the latest report.

Further interpretation of the numbers can lead to positive or negative spin.

UT's baseball score of 943 tied for last in the SEC, while men's basketball's 962 ranked eighth in the conference.

However, both were all-time highs for those sports since the reports began in 2005. Both programs had been hit with scholarship-reduction penalties in the past.

Three of UT's women's sports — basketball, golf and tennis — recorded perfect scores of 1,000.

The Lady Vols were one of only six BCS league women's basketball programs with a perfect score.

On the UT men's side, swimming scored highest at 984. Basketball's 962 was second.

Football was the lowest sport on campus at 931, down from 937 last year and 944 two years ago.

Football is living on the edge because the NCAA is raising its access line for postseason play to 930 in a few years.

Based on Wednesday's report, 15 teams nationally face postseason bans in 2012-13.

Ten are in men's basketball and include Connecticut, UNC Wilmington (coached by former UT coach Buzz Peterson) and Toledo.

Three football schools facing postseason bans are Hampton, North Carolina A&T and Texas Southern.

Northern Colorado wrestling and Central Connecticut State men's soccer also face bans.

Thirty five programs are due penalties for scores below 900, including restrictions on practice and scholarship reductions.

The NCAA provides adjustments for athletes who transfer with certain grade-point averages and those who leave in good academic standing for pro sports.

This past year 702 athletes were granted adjustments for leaving for pro careers, nearly half of them in baseball.

UT announced its scores Wednesday after the NCAA report was released but did not comment.

Vanderbilt had the top football score in the SEC at 978, followed by Florida (972) and Alabama (970).

Ole Miss set the pace in men's basketball at 990, followed by Alabama (984) and Florida (983). Arkansas was last at 894.

Vanderbilt also led baseball at 996. Auburn matched UT for last at 943.

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Comments » 34

agentorange writes:

Normally, that along with some arrests probably means talent on the football team is getting better.

Bigger_Al writes:

Makes sense with all the attrition generated by two coaching changes. The Kiffin class really killed the APR. Should improve with some stability. Now if we don't win games this year...

volnbig11land writes:

Cue the trolls.....

Huttdawg100 writes:

From Wiki: Teams that fail to achieve an APR score of 925 - equivalent to a 50% graduation rate - may be penalized.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic...

There has been a significant lack of leadership at UT over the last few years, and that could be one of the reasons our APR is low. The NCAA Investigation and the combining of the athletic department have diverted attention from the student athletes. Throw in some coaching turnover, and we get the lowest APR in the SEC.

Dave Hart, your job is cut out for you.

Also, is Vol For Life just a cool saying, or is it really helping the guys?

FearlessFreep writes:

The good news - only really one of these years can be pinned on Dooley.

Much room to improve, not much room to get worse, but not showing improvement will be a much bigger deal at this time next year especially if the team flounders on the field.

Now, if there was an APR for coaching retention UT would REALLY be in trouble.

OrangePsyched writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

The good news - only really one of these years can be pinned on Dooley.

Much room to improve, not much room to get worse, but not showing improvement will be a much bigger deal at this time next year especially if the team flounders on the field.

Now, if there was an APR for coaching retention UT would REALLY be in trouble.

That's a bullseye FF! I can see where these coaches changes really had things in flux. Next year is critical for CDD on two fronts. Hopefully next season we will be celebrating a great year on and off the field.

77VolnVA writes:

If Football was at 931, does anyone know what the minimum number is before a team is subject to restrictions?

MikeInTN writes:

Pitifull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thevoice writes:

Just win! Oh, and keep a 2.0 GPA.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say this swim team really worries Witch Doctor for some reason...? Witch Doctor say strange things happen there but everything always checks out and when checked appears "too" normal. hmmmmmmmmm
Bones never lie.

BambooBoy writes:

We'll soon be near the top in academia after Jimmy The Cheek makes us a Top 25 research university!! Believe in Cheek!! Believe in Hart!! Believe in my Dooley!! BELIEVE IN ORANGE!! GO FIGHT WIN!!

rtrchatt writes:

How about that vol fb team? Bama had 22 kids with their degrees in hand in Jan 2010 as the real UT was beaten in the BCSNCG. 21 had degrees in Jan 2012 when LSWho was taken behind the woodshed..... Curious minds want to know, is there a correlation between winning on the field and succeding in the classroom. Vols appear lacking on both fronts.

GerryOP writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say this swim team really worries Witch Doctor for some reason...? Witch Doctor say strange things happen there but everything always checks out and when checked appears "too" normal. hmmmmmmmmm
Bones never lie.

Well W_D, what would you expect from an athletic team that spends most of their practice and competitive lives under water. Of course something seems to be fishy.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

How about that vol fb team? Bama had 22 kids with their degrees in hand in Jan 2010 as the real UT was beaten in the BCSNCG. 21 had degrees in Jan 2012 when LSWho was taken behind the woodshed..... Curious minds want to know, is there a correlation between winning on the field and succeding in the classroom. Vols appear lacking on both fronts.

Go count your teabags and brush up on tree poison.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Well W_D, what would you expect from an athletic team that spends most of their practice and competitive lives under water. Of course something seems to be fishy.

Witch Doctor believe more to this "Swim" team than meets the eye..Witch Doctor say lets keep an eye on this one! lol.
Bones never lie.
USO experiments for Oak Ridge?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

The bright side is that's an excellent credit rating at 931..Just sayin'

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

How about that vol fb team? Bama had 22 kids with their degrees in hand in Jan 2010 as the real UT was beaten in the BCSNCG. 21 had degrees in Jan 2012 when LSWho was taken behind the woodshed..... Curious minds want to know, is there a correlation between winning on the field and succeding in the classroom. Vols appear lacking on both fronts.

Yeah, like Ol' Snake and Broadway Joe good sots from way back. They have been successful drunkards in or out of the bar..

arkyvol writes:

its pretty obvious that a good number of so-called fans who post here don't give a tinker's damn about tennessee academics. being a utk grad, this kind of performance is beyond embarrassing; its humiliating. i want the vols to excel, but even more, i want to be proud of my alma mater, as a university.

KikknT writes:

in response to arkyvol:

its pretty obvious that a good number of so-called fans who post here don't give a tinker's damn about tennessee academics. being a utk grad, this kind of performance is beyond embarrassing; its humiliating. i want the vols to excel, but even more, i want to be proud of my alma mater, as a university.

The one so-called fan that comes to my mind when I hear someone not giving a tinker's d*8m about humiliation unto UT is you, arkyvol. Remember the night when you so willingly gave your indebt exposé of hand & mouth involving one specific fb coach? If I am remembering correctly, your comment got quickly scrubbed right after one poster suggested you to be 'excommunicated' from the university. So, am I right?

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to arkyvol:

its pretty obvious that a good number of so-called fans who post here don't give a tinker's damn about tennessee academics. being a utk grad, this kind of performance is beyond embarrassing; its humiliating. i want the vols to excel, but even more, i want to be proud of my alma mater, as a university.

Or it could be the fact that the two biggest factors in determining the APR (athletes leaving the program and those leaving in poor academic standing) could be attributable to three coaches and some of the guys Lane recruited.

volwr88 writes:

And we have Thornton Center for what ? I understand the turnover effects the number with players leaving but the news from last fall shows somebody doesn't have their finger "on the pulse".

budd#207344 writes:

in response to volwr88:

And we have Thornton Center for what ? I understand the turnover effects the number with players leaving but the news from last fall shows somebody doesn't have their finger "on the pulse".

Glad someone sees the issue. This isn't about changing coaches or recruiting or losses. Just coaches not doing their job. Kiffin has been gone for 3 years. Time for the present regime to step up. Or is this year zero all over aqain?

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to budd#207344:

Glad someone sees the issue. This isn't about changing coaches or recruiting or losses. Just coaches not doing their job. Kiffin has been gone for 3 years. Time for the present regime to step up. Or is this year zero all over aqain?

The score is a rolling four year average. Therefore, the antics of Bryce, Janzen, NuKeese, et al. will continue to be felt in the APR for at least another year.

Voltman writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

The score is a rolling four year average. Therefore, the antics of Bryce, Janzen, NuKeese, et al. will continue to be felt in the APR for at least another year.

Exactly there has not been mass exits of players since Dooley's second class. So there is a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel lets all hope for continuous success both on and off the field everyone.

volboy81 writes:

in response to arkyvol:

its pretty obvious that a good number of so-called fans who post here don't give a tinker's damn about tennessee academics. being a utk grad, this kind of performance is beyond embarrassing; its humiliating. i want the vols to excel, but even more, i want to be proud of my alma mater, as a university.

I want the same thing, Arky. Considering the turbulent waters we've had to wade & swim through since Mikey's glorius decisions, its a wonder...and a tribute to Dickey, Serrano & Martin that we aren't much lower than we are.
Better days are on the horizon for Volland...can't wait til they get here!
GO VOLS!!

Navaloranges writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

How about that vol fb team? Bama had 22 kids with their degrees in hand in Jan 2010 as the real UT was beaten in the BCSNCG. 21 had degrees in Jan 2012 when LSWho was taken behind the woodshed..... Curious minds want to know, is there a correlation between winning on the field and succeding in the classroom. Vols appear lacking on both fronts.

You're just as "simple" as the fake "fans" on here. Try to comprehend this statement...

"UT's low score for football probably reflects the turnover in head coaches and player attrition during the four-year period of the latest report."

For simple minds, that statement basically says that because of the UNIQUE position of having TWO consecutive coaching changes, and the attrition that goes along with TWO CONSECUTIVE coaching changes, one might expect UT's mark to be lower. In case you can't put 2+2 together, I'll explain further. TWO of the FOUR years that we're talking about here, were when UT had the TWO CONSECUTIVE coaching changes.

Get it yet?

Navaloranges writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

You're just as "simple" as the fake "fans" on here. Try to comprehend this statement...

"UT's low score for football probably reflects the turnover in head coaches and player attrition during the four-year period of the latest report."

For simple minds, that statement basically says that because of the UNIQUE position of having TWO consecutive coaching changes, and the attrition that goes along with TWO CONSECUTIVE coaching changes, one might expect UT's mark to be lower. In case you can't put 2+2 together, I'll explain further. TWO of the FOUR years that we're talking about here, were when UT had the TWO CONSECUTIVE coaching changes.

Get it yet?

Add "budd" to the list of the "fans" that don't comprehend the FACTS of the situation...

I_Bleed_Orng writes:

in response to TIGERDAN:

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WOW!! Really??

Having been born and raised in Memphis, I'm quite familiar with Tiger High. Because God blessed me, I went to UT. Memphis State, oh, sorry, Memphis, has a loooooooooooong way to go to even be mentioned in the same paragraph as UT when it comes to any aspect of collegiate endeavor, be it athletics, academics, research, etc.

I suggest you spend your time relishing the little bit of a basketball program you have left before Pastner gets booted. Also, remember, every new football coach comes in with grand expectations, and they all turn out the same at Tiger High. That school is an apt symbol of Memphis itself.

HereComesTheBoom writes:

in response to agentorange:

Normally, that along with some arrests probably means talent on the football team is getting better.

Your username is truly an abomination and should be banned from any honorable site. My dear friend was just laid into the ground, 6ft under a week ago this Friday as result from the effects of that terminally decisive death agent. You should be ashamed of yourself and learn more respect for those who have been exposed in the name of defending for your country, those who are in great sufferage now as result of that exposure and those who have passed on because that it stole their precious lives, here on earth.

Please consider and change your name.

HereComesTheBoom writes:

in response to agentorange:

Normally, that along with some arrests probably means talent on the football team is getting better.

I'm going to take back the 'you should be ashamed of yourself' statement as you may truly be unaware of the enormity of devastation that the chemical Agent Orange, created by the Monsanto monster, has caused to our Vietnam war veterans. Please consider permanently disbanding this particular user name on this forum here and elsewhere, forever.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to TIGERDAN:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

The University of Memphis...What's that?

14th_rated_sec_coach writes:

I will give Dooley credit for being consistent. Consistently last!!! I am waiting for the day that Hart has a press conference and announces that Dooley is fired. Then we can hire a real coach that knows that the heck he is doing....

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

Makes sense with all the attrition generated by two coaching changes. The Kiffin class really killed the APR. Should improve with some stability. Now if we don't win games this year...

Yeah. I just read an article the other day about Kiffin's class, despite being top-10 ranked by all of the services, being the worst signing class in UT history. It made some valid points, but mostly it was about how only eight players are still listed on the roster, and half of them haven't been real contributors. The fact that what, 15 of them have left the program certainly doesn't do the APR any favors.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

How about that vol fb team? Bama had 22 kids with their degrees in hand in Jan 2010 as the real UT was beaten in the BCSNCG. 21 had degrees in Jan 2012 when LSWho was taken behind the woodshed..... Curious minds want to know, is there a correlation between winning on the field and succeding in the classroom. Vols appear lacking on both fronts.

Is there a correlation between being a troll and having, let's say, "a need for male enhancement drugs?"

Yes.

BTW, the real UT wasn't playing in a BCSNCG in 2010. The real UT did win the first one in 1999, though. The real UT was founded 100 years before that poser UT, and 50 years before that poser UT's state was even a state.

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