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May 7, 2008 9:28 AM

Last word on APR

Posted by Bob Condotta

I wrote a more detailed wrapup of the APR stuff on the football blog.

On this one, I wanted to pass along this LA Times story detailing USC's situation pointing out that the Trojans have already taken the penalty, though nobody seemed to know it at the time.

Here is our story today on UW's passing grade in the APR.

Someone asked on the football blog whether "all the recent transfers'' will hurt the scores of the UW men's and women's team. As pointed out there, the UW hoops team had only one transfer this academic year --- Adrian Oliver. The others (Phil Nelson, Harvey Perry) occurred during the 2006-07 academic year so they have already been accounted for as far as I can tell.

As the story points out, however, the four transfers this year for the women's team are likely to hurt its score down the road. However, the good news for the women is that it has such a high score at the moment --- 998 --- that it can likely survive the hit without sustaining any penalties as long as the rest of it doesn't drop too much. Remember, this is always a rolling four-year score.

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Posted by Jay

3:15 PM, May 07, 2008

An interesting thought about APR: the real punished party is the student athlete. There is a finite pool of available college scholarships, and for each scholarship removed by the NCAA, that is one real person who won't have a free education.

Posted by max

5:37 PM, May 07, 2008

more incentive to work harder in school then, so they dont get punished ... ?

Posted by tj

7:30 PM, May 07, 2008

I hear what your saying Jay.....but if anything this will only help all the kids involved.......this will make the Schools be more accountable....look at how the Huskies have spent more money on tutors....and I believe that I read that they also hired some sort of life coaches to help these kids for the future.....and i would think other schools would do the same or they will have alum all over their butts when they fall below this line and their school is losing scholarships......if anything this is a wake up call......how can a situation where more kids go to class be a bad thing....quit be short sighted and stop look at the glass half empty......schools are now being accountable for kids going to class and you look at it as a bad thing....man u need a hug!!

Posted by Ziasudra

6:39 AM, May 08, 2008

tj, you need some coffee to sober up. This doesn't punish the athlete, it punishes the school based on the actions of the athlete. In other words, a marginal player can threaten the coach, "give me more playing time, or I'll leave and cost you a scholarship next year!"
As usual, the NCAA sits on its pompous (rear end) after pulling decrees out of it.
Then they ignore their own rules for the benefit of their favorites (read, USC).
The NCAA should be replaced; at least their ruling coterie.

Posted by Cougfan

10:27 AM, May 08, 2008

This is taken from an article on Cougfan.com this morning. I'll save it and see if anyone is willing to abide by it next year. I am not sure I want to use my real name, but maybe it might be a good thing:

BOB COSTAS, ON HIS HBO show “’Costas Now,” had an enlightening program on the state of sports media, including a lively segment on blogging. Costas and Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger contended that while there are a few reputable sports blogs, many more are vulgar, spiteful and demeaning to the athletes and teams they right about.

Like Cougfan.com’s very own message board, discussion on the internet can range from thoughtful discourse to mindless banter and name calling. The key is that we as a society make an attempt to promote the first, and find ways to minimize the second.

My advice is this: whether you’re a Cougfan poster or a blogger, attach your real name to your writing. When you hold yourself accountable for your words, you elevate the standard of quality in your writing. It also means that you cannot just anonymously slander an athlete or a coach. It doesn’t prevent you from being negative or holding opinions, it just means you need to back

Posted by Guy

2:29 PM, May 09, 2008

Anyone notice that the first paragraph of that article spells 'write' as 'right'.

Them's some fine learnin' you get in Pulmin.

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