The APR and MSU’s and UM’s Basketball Programs (Part 1)

graduateThis is the first of two articles on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rating system also known as the APR and the MSU and UM basketball programs. The first part is a review of how the four Montana D-1 basketball programs are doing. The second is a more in-depth look at the Montana State men’s program – the only one that currently has some issues. I have been asked a few questions this past week on possibly APR issues as it related to mainly MSU basketball.

Every year the NCAA issues new APR rating for each sport in each school. There are two numbers you should pay attention to the first number is tough to find becuase it is not published.    It is the single year APR number.   The second number is the APR that the NCAA publishes each year, and which is referred to as the official APR rating.   Each program with in the athletic department will have an APR that is specific to that sports performance.   This official APR number is the average of the four recent single year APR numbers . Here is a link to the official NCAA data base where you can look up individual APR’s for different school and sports.


If you are  looking for Montana State look under “M”, but those of you looking for Montana, look under “U” as in the University of Montana. The APR listed here are the 2008 APR numbers and are based on the 4 year averages for the school years 03-04, 04-05, 05-06, and 06-07.   For those of you who do not want to look the numbers up, official APR numbers for the Griz and Bobcat basketball teams are as follows:

Montana State Men: 899

Montana State Women: 970

Montana Men: 931

Lady Griz: 975

Men’s National Average: 938

Women’s National Average: 954

Way to go women!!

Note: Most of the numbers below, I believe are real as correct as possible but might slight off, most are not published.

A program needs to score a minimum 920 or they could face possible penalties.  In basketball, most penalties are scholarship based but not always.

I have always felt it was pretty ironic that schools were punished for not making appropriate academic progress by cutting educational opportunities to students. How about if you get a poor job on the APR you dedicate 20% more of your athletic budget to academic programs. That would get some AD’s attention. But I digress.

Currently the Montana State men’s program is the only one of the four that has an issue with the APR and the NCAA. I will go into that more in Part two


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