Tigers Basketball Makes APR Final Four
March 18, 2014
The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) released its annual study, “Keeping Score When It Counts: Graduation Success and Academic Progress Rates for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Team,” and the University of Memphis is again one of the top teams in terms of APR of the 68-team NCAA Tournament field.
“The Memphis Basketball Team under Coach Josh Pastner is an extraordinary representation of the values and mission of the University of Memphis,” said Brad Martin, interim president of the University of Memphis. “We are proud of their academic achievement, their community service and their athletic accomplishments.”
The study examines the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and APR for the tournament teams as reported by the NCAA. The University of Kansas led the way with a perfect 1000 APR, while Memphis, Duke, Louisville and Michigan all tied with a mark of 995.
“The University of Memphis is committed to recruiting and developing the best student-athletes in the country both in the classroom and on the field of competition,” said Tom Bowen, director of athletics. “Our men’s basketball program continues to set a high standard in both areas and we are immensely proud of their success.”
This is the second-straight year the Memphis Tigers have garnered attention for their stellar APR heading into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. In the 2013 TIDES report, Memphis tied five other programs with a perfect 1000 APR. The other programs in the NCAA postseason tournament to post a 1000 mark were Belmont, Butler, Kansas, Michigan and Notre Dame.
“I’m extremely proud of our young men and the way they represent the Tigers,” said Head Basketball Coach Josh Pastner. “We have a strong track record of academic success and graduating our players. It’s a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes and the outstanding support system we have in place at the University of Memphis.”
The APR, developed in 2004, is a four-year average of performance that rewards student-athletes for remaining eligible as well as continuing their education at the same school. The NCAA recently voted to institute stricter policies with regards to APR performance and postseason athletic participation. The new legislation will require teams to have a four-year APR above 930, equivalent to a 50-percent graduation rate, to qualify for postseason play the following year. According to this report, 87 percent of the teams graduated 50 percent or more of their men’s basketball student-athletes in 2014.
The full 2014 TIDES report can be accessed at: http://www.tidesport.org/Grad%20Rates/The%202014%20Division%20I%20Men's%20Basketball%20Tournament%20Study.pdf
For article on the 2014 APR Tournament, click here.