The APR will not penalize the Warriors

About how only baseball will be penalized by the APR this year (and baseball’s penalty dropped from 0.48 last year to 0.27 this year), JD said:
“I’m very pleased we made improvement in all but one sport. This is something that takes a multi-level commitment — from coaches, players, support staff and administration. This is what it is all about, doing well in school.” (HA)

HA Note: “Only women’s tennis among the 18 sports surveyed (the NCAA does not include sailing) failed to improve on its single-year numbers over the previous year. Last year, in addition to men’s basketball, football lost one scholarship and baseball 0.48. Last year, in addition to men’s basketball, football lost one scholarship and baseball 0.48.”

About their improvement with the APR, Mac said:
“The APR is here to stay and it’s something we have to take seriously. We have to continue to get better and we’re headed in the right direction.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The football program avoided penalties for the first time in four years and had a single-year score of 956 to jump to 935 in the multi-year score. Nash and football coach Greg McMackin credited the academic staff (advisors Conred Maddox in basketball and Jennifer Matsuda, Trina Kudlacek and Sara Nunes-Atabaki in football) and cited an emphasis on summer school for contributing to the academic improvements. With the football program moving above the multi-year benchmark of 925 for the first time, McMackin said the Warriors’ freshman class posted a grade-point average above 3.0 last season.”

HSB Note: “Hawaii was rocked with the loss of five football scholarships the first year the NCAA levied penalties using the APR as a barometer. A big reason the Warriors were hit so hard was June Jones’ penchant for finding new schools for players he knew would never play for Hawaii, places where they could play. If you know Jones’ history, you know he did this out of empathy; he transferred from Hawaii himself as a player, to stardom at Portland State. The APR in its original form made that troublesome, with unfairly severe penalties for even “clean” transfers. Now, if you move on with a 2.6 and meet other academic requirements, it’s no damage. Good to know the NCAA can adapt its policies and do what makes sense once in awhile.”

http://www.starbulletin.com/sports/sportsnews/20090507_UH_makes_academic_strides_but_baseball_takes_hit.html

http://www.starbulletin.com/columnists/furtherreview/20090507_Building_on_APR_gains_a_must_for_UH_programs.html

http://sports.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090507/SPORTS02/905070353/1312&template=UHSports

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