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May 6, 2008 4:09 PM

More on the 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.

MORE ON USC: Here's a good explainer of USC's situation from the LA Times. This clarifies that USC has already taken its penalty, something of which I wasn't aware.

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Posted by Wolf!

5:20 PM, May 06, 2008

I'm confused.

From the link: "Kyle Austin transferred, but that will not affect the team because of a new NCAA rule that allows a player with at least a 2.6 GPA to transfer to another 4-year institution."

From the blog post: "Teams are penalized for athletes who leave for other reasons, however, such as simply transferring to a different school."

Posted by Bob Condotta

9:31 PM, May 06, 2008

Wolf --- Good catch. I was just making a generalization on the issue but they keep making changes each year and that's a new one.

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