Razorbacks’ recovery plan

by cotte on June 29, 2009

The average Arkansas Razorbacks fan might not care how, or maybe even why, the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate scores are calculated.

But if the potential of a scholarship loss enters the conversation because of problematic APR performance, ears perk up.

While Arkansas exceeded the APR benchmark score in 18 of its 19 athletic programs in the latest four-year scores released by the NCAA in May, the lone sport below the 925 benchmark score – men’s basketball with an 888 – is in a trouble spot.

Scholarship losses can occur for a team with a score less than 925 when a player who is academically ineligible leaves the program before his eligibility expires, but do not appear imminent for the Razorbacks. However, they can’t be ruled out for the next APR reporting period.

“Our most recent score we’ve added is of particular concern for us,” Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said.

The transition from the Stan Heath regime to John Pelphrey had its inherent personnel issues.

“Coaching changes, that’s when things seem to go haywire at schools,” said Barry Booker, the former Vanderbilt player and veteran SEC basketball television analyst. [read more]

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