All three of UConn’s national championship teams — men’s and women’s basketball and field hockey — achieved perfect APR scores.
The APR tracks the progress of athletes on scholarship, with programs losing points if they become academically ineligible to compete, or leave school with poor academic standing. The UConn men’s basketball team was ineligible for the NCAA Tournament in 2013 due to subpar scores, 844 in 2008-09 and 826 in 2009-2010, which dragged down the program’s four-year rolling average.
NCAA president Mark Emmert offered praise for UConn’s APR turnaround in men’s basketball.
“I was at UConn for four years and like everybody that knows that school well, I was very disappointed so see them have the academic problems they were having,” Emmert said on a conference call with reporters. “But I’ve been equally heartened by the response of the university. The president [Susan Herbst], the athletic director [Warde Manuel], the coaches and most importantly the players have all stepped up and completely changed the academic performance of the team. … Everybody did a remarkable job, and the membership is extremely pleased and proud of it.”
The UConn women’s basketball team has a four-year average of 989, achieving scores of 1,000, 976, 976 and 1,000 over the most recent academic years counted.
Across the country, the APR for Division I athletics was 976, a two-point improvement from last year. Men’s basketball rose from 952 to 957, and football from 949 to 951.
Thirty-six teams from 27 schools, none in Connecticut, fell short of the required 930 four-year average and will be ineligible for postseason play in 2014-15. In men’s basketball, eight Division I teams will be ineligible next season, including Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which played in the NCAA Tournament in 2014.