We won’t bother explaining the formula to determine a particular school’s APR, but it essentially comes down to this – schools lose points for an athlete not remaining academically eligible, leaving school, or both.
The penalties for teams with chronically low APR scores can range from scholarship losses to missing postseason.
So, let’s look at this – we’re penalizing a program (and its current and future athletes) for the behavior of athletes who either aren’t eligible to play or have left the team. Even if a school determines that a particular athlete isn’t capable of completing his academic responsibilities, you’ll lose ARP points if you allow that athlete to leave school not in good academic standing.
Again, it’s a nice thought. We don’t want schools to bring an athlete on campus, then discard him or her when the coaches find out he or she can’t cut it either athletically or academically.
But with this system, the people paying the price are the other athletes – the ones who followed the rules, remained academically eligible and are on target for graduation. Is that really fair? Can’t we find a better system that penalizes the people who are responsible?
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