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May 6, 2008 3:46 PM

A couple of notes on APR

Posted by Bob Condotta

John Morris, Washington's senior associate athletic director for compliance, conducted a conference call with reporters today to discuss today's APR report and clarified a few questions people have raised here today.

One is how the penalties are enforced. Morris said schools that are hit with a loss of scholarships "have to take the penalty at the earliest opportunity within the next two years. If you already have committed scholarships to people for the next year, they don't make you take any of those back. But in the very next year you better not be signing as many people.''

Morris also confirmed that teams are not penalized for players leaving early for the pros as long as they are in good academic standing at the time of their departure. Teams are penalized for athletes who leave for other reasons, however, such as simply transferring to a different school.

Morris said he was pleased with Washington's overall performance with none of its sports being penalized and the major sports such as football and men's basketball each "trending upward'' in recent seasons.

UW's football team had an APR of 885 in 2005 but this year is at 948 while the men's basketball team has gone from 871 to 943.

"All in all, we feel pretty good about it,'' Morris said.

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May 6, 2008 9:57 AM

Official APR numbers released

Posted by Bob Condotta

The NCAA this morning released the official APR (Academic Progress Rate) numbers for the 2006-07 season, and as reported here earlier, Washington State's football program will take the hardest hit of any Pac-10 school, while the Huskies have charted above-average numbers for both football and men's basketball.

WSU's football team will be restricted to 22 initial scholarships this year and 77 overall due to a multi-year APR of 916 (here's the link to the WSU team page here). WSU is the only Pac-10 school to lose football scholarships. UPDATE --- Here's a Times story on the WSU situation.

Washington had an APR of 948 for football and 943 for basketball, both solidly above the NCAA's goal of 925 for every school, which it says equates to a graduate rate of 60 percent. Here is a breakdown of UW's scores. The NCAA Division-I average was 928 for basketball and 934 for football.

Here are the Pac-10 football APR numbers in order:

Stanford 986
Cal 967
Washington 948
USC 948
UCLA 941
Arizona State 933
Oregon State 926
Oregon 921
Washington State 916
Arizona 902

As you can see, Arizona has a lower APR than does WSU. However, penalties are not levied strictly on the number. As the NCAA release says "teams that score below 925 and have a student leave school academically ineligible can lose up to 10 percent of their scholarships.'' Meaning, more than simply the score is taken into account when doling out penalties. UPDATE --- Here's a good explanation of WSU's situation from the Spokesman-Review noting that WSU lost eight scholarships because it had eight players depart who were not in good academic standing at a time when the overall score was below 925.

USC is the only Pac-10 school that will lose scholarships for basketball as it will be limited to 11 next season due to an APR of 863.

The only other Pac-10 school being hit in any sport is Arizona for men's indoor track.

Here is a full explainer of the APR from the NCAA web site. And here's a good Q-and-A about it.

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May 6, 2008 9:25 AM

Catching up with Cookie Jackson

Posted by Bob Condotta

The Times' weekly Flashback today focused on former UW running back Ron "Cookie'' Jackson. Here's the link.

Jackson was a star of UW teams of the early '80s --- he had a particularly big game in the 1981 Apple Cup with 103 rushing yards, a game in which whoever won got to go to the Rose Bowl. He now lives in Ellensburg but spends a lot of time working in South Africa.

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May 6, 2008 8:51 AM

Bengals sign Howell, Reece waived

Posted by Bob Condotta

In news involving ex-Huskies, the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday signed LB Dan Howell while the Dolphins waived WR Marcel Reece.

Reece struggled to catch the ball during Miami's weekend mini-camp, as noted in this story here.

Howell got a contract from the Bengals after impressing the team during a tryout this weekend, as noted here.

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