We haven’t been paying a ton of attention to this story, but it’s worth noting that the NCAA announced today that the Arkansas men’s basketball program posted a sub-par Academic Progress Rate for the 2007-08 school year. However, the program will not be penalized with scholarship losses, as it could have been had the players who left the team that year done so in poor academic shape.
Arriving at a school’s APR appears to be a rather byzantine process, but, according to Brandon Marcello of The Slophouse, the rate is a “points-based system implemented by the NCAA five years ago to monitor student-athletes’ retention and eligibility at a school.”
Hopefully, this will all prove to be a rather minor blip, but for now, we’re shocked - SHOCKED! - that leaving school with a degree in hand may not be the top priority of some Razorback athletes.