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Kentucky Basketball: Calipari's Wildcats Once Again Pass NCAA APR Requirement

LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 17:  John Calipari the head coach of the kentucky Wildcates talks with the media during the news conference at Joe Craft Center on April 17, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent IJune 20, 2012

University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari announced on his website today that the basketball team once again passed and exceeded the requirements NCAA's Academic Progress Report. You can read the full report here, but CoachCal.com editor Eric Lindsey compiles some of the key statistics:

 

  • The average APR score for NCAA men's basketball teams is 950.
  • The score for this year's team was 979, which was the exact same score as last year.
  • The men's basketball team posted a four-year composite score of 963. This is well above the minimum required score of 900 and the future minimum score of 930.

 

For anyone who thinks these scores don't matter for big-name college basketball programs, they should ask the 10 teams receiving post-season bans (including UConn) about how seriously the NCAA is taking a poor composite APR.

The media was quick to point out when Kentucky's 2009 squad posted a poor overall GPA, but has remained relatively quiet as Calipari's squads have become one of the better teams in the SEC with regards to getting things done in the classroom (including a tie with Vanderbilt for the best men's basketball APR score last year).

I'm sure Calipari's detractors will discuss his team yet again exceeding the NCAA's academic requirements with the same vigor that they use throw around baseless accusations of impropriety and cheating...or not.

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