APR Sanctions

No, Kelvin Samson didn't change his name to APR. APR stands for Academic Progress Rates. It's one of the tools in the NCAA's bag of tricks to pretend they're interested in the student part of student-athletes.

Well, you say, why should I care about this? Purdue is one of the list of of major programs that is facing penalties in men's basketball. Joining Purdue among the 53 Division I programs cited are Colorado, Kansas State, Seton Hall, South Carolina, USC and Tennessee.

What does that mean? Next year Purdue will be limited to 12 scholarships for men's basketball instead of the typical 13. Not program threatening, but it has the potential to be if they don't get off of the list.

This is the second year for "historical penalties." Second-year sanctions include restrictions on scholarships and practice time. Starting next year, teams that receive three consecutive years of historical penalties (below 900 APR) face the potential of restrictions on postseason competition in addition to scholarship and practice restrictions.

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year. The APR is based on the eligibility, retention and graduation of each student-athlete on scholarship. An APR of 925 equates to an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of about 60 percent.

The average APR for all Division I student-athletes is 961 – 951 for males and 969 for females. This year marked the first time the average eligibility and retention rates both showed increases.

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