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APR, Texas Tech Passes, And Who Cares By How Much

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The APR (Academic Progress Rate) numbers have been released and Texas Tech is in the clear . . . not by much, but we're in the clear. As an aside, I agree with BOTC, I really could care less about these numbers so long as Texas Tech is on the right side of things. So passing by 1 point or by 100 points, it makes no difference to me or to the NCAA. Despite that, we'll take a look at the numbers, because we can.

First things first, a score of 925 is passing for all intents and purposes. Anything below 925 can be bad, but it's not a "one strike and you're out" rule. A school and a program has to demonstrate a history of underperforming to be punished. On the plus side, anything above 925 is gravy. If a school has a failing score for a number of years then that school can lose some scholarships among other things:

For the skeptics who believe the penalties are soft, look at the 26 teams that have entered the historical phase of the structure this year. Those programs have failed to change their behavior and will face restricted scholarships, recruiting and practice time. If the academic performance of those teams doesn't get better, the penalties will become more severe. Next year, postseason bans will be in the mix and along with the scholarship reductions, those penalties are as strong as the ones doled out for major infractions cases.

Here is how Texas Tech performed in the major men's sports:

Sport Score
Football 928
Men's Basketball 928
Baseball 864

And just in case you're keeping score, here's how the rest of the Big 12 performed in football and men's basketball:

School Football Men's Baskeball
Baylor 938 928
Oklahoma 942 911
Oklahoma State 935 957
Texas 942 929
Texas A&M 932 912
Texas Tech 928 928
Colorado 929 873
Iowa State 927 869
Kansas 919 981
Kansas State 935 880
Missouri 939 957
Nebraska 941 927

You'll note that of the Big 12 schools in football, only Kansas has a failing rate and will suffer scholarship losses. Meanwhile, on the basketball side, Kansas State could lose 2 basketball scholarships should a player leave the school while academically ineligible. I'd also recommend a look at Rush The Court's breakdown of the APR numbers for men's basketball, and considers the problems that Memphis might face because their entire starting 5 might leave for the NBA.