Perfect one-year score takes IU basketball out of APR woods

Indiana’s men’s basketball team posted a perfect score of 1000 in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate index for the academic year 2009-10, raising its four-year average from 878 last year to 929 and finally surpassing the penalty mark of 925.

The Hoosiers self-imposed the surrender of two scholarships for the 2008-09 season and were given a public reprimand by the NCAA when the report released two years ago showed a four-year score of 866, well short of the score needed to avoid a penalty. The scores were dragged down by two particularly bad academic performance years by the basketball squad. In 2005-06, when then-coach Mike Davis left the program, the Hoosiers posted a single-year score of 826. In 2007-08, the year coach Kelvin Sampson was fired because of NCAA recruiting violations, the Hoosiers scored an even worse 811.

This year’s four-year average improved both because of this year’s performance and because the final year of the Davis era rolled off the average. In Tom Crean’s first two years as head coach, the Hoosiers scored 975 and 1000 respectively, but the four-year average is still being hindered by Sampson’s two years at the helm. Indiana scored a 932 his first year before the 811 in his second and final season.

Indiana’s baseball, men’s golf, men’s soccer and women’s soccer programs were honored by the NCAA last week for posting scores that were in the top 10 percent of their sports. The men’s golf and women’s soccer team posted perfect scores of 1000 as four-year averages. Along with men’s basketball, the baseball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer, water polo, women’s tennis, men’s swimming and diving men’s tennis, women’s rowing and volleyball teams posted perfect one-year scores of 1,000.

The four-year averages for all of IU’s sports follow.

Baseball   990
Field Hockey    991
Football    966
Men’s Basketball 929
Men’s Cross Country 990
Men’s Golf  1000
Men’s Soccer    992
Men’s Swimming 975
Men’s Tennis    965
Men’s Track 987
Wrestling   952
Softball    984
Women’s Basketball 947
Women’s Cross Country972
Women’s Golf    991
Rowing  984
Women’s Soccer  1000
Women’s Swimming 992
Women’s Tennis   992
Women’s Track 985
Water Polo  976

10 comments

  1. Great job Coach Tom Crean, the assistant coaches, the staff, the academic support staff, and, most importantly, the players!!

  2. That’s something to celebrate. Now if we can produce winning seasons while maintaining these high APR scores, IU BB will be back on track. Looks to me as if Crean has things pointed in the right diretion. Now he just has to produce a winning season.

  3. I think next year has a chance to be just as good, considering the kids coming in. And the 4-year average will really jump, since that 894 or whatever it was under Sampson will come off the books.

  4. Okay, to correct myself, this was updated through 09/10, so Sampson’s final score will still count. And, sadly, that score was 811, so worse than I thought. The 894 was from another school that I’d read about, not sure why it popped into my head. My apologies.

    And so, it will be a couple of years before that 811 stops getting counted on the averages, but since it appears this past season went well, and next season should go well, when it does drop off, IU will probably have one of the higher 4 year scores in the country.

  5. The APR scores of the teams proves the athletic department is in solid hands from AD Glass on down.

  6. Well-deserved congrats to Coach Crean and his staff. If we can take a closer look at the “Sampson Era” scores however something interesting pops up. During the year when he had control of the program (and admittedly, stupidly, made extra phone calls) the teams score was a very respectable 932. Not bad for the so-called “thugs” that he brought into the program. Those kids – while the program was stable – obviously worked hard on the court and seemed to have taken care of business in the classroom as well. It was only during the next season when it became apparent that Sampson’s job was slipping away and that these “rough-edged” kids saw that they were losing their coach and leader, that they stopped going to class. Yes, they did p*** away a free college education and blow a chance to play for Indiana University, but these scores show that Sampson’s philosophy of bringing in ‘street kids’ and putting them into an environment where hard work and discipline would pay off was not the failure that some would suggest. By the way, he also inherited a pitiful 811 team from Davis – so his first year improvement was even greater than Crean’s.

  7. Crawford, Ellis, Gordon, Holman, McGee, and Thomas were not on Sampson’s roster when the APR was 932(2006-07). I won’t get into which kids are ‘street kids’, but the APR differences may be more attributable to a fairly radical change in the roster during the Sampson’s years you’re discussing.

    2006-07 Roster(names in bold were not on following year’s team: Wilmont, Suhr, Ratliff, Allen, Shaw, Keeling, Calloway)

    Bassett,Armon FR
    White, D.J. JR
    Wilmont, Roderick SR
    Suhr, Errek SR
    Ratliff, A.J. JR
    Allen, Ben SO
    Stemler, Lance JR
    White, Mike JR
    Shaw, Joey FR
    Keeling, Xavier FR
    Ahlfeld, Adam JR
    Taber, Kyle SO
    Calloway, Earl SR

    2007-08 Roster(Names in bold new to team: Crawford, Ellis, Gordon, Holman, McGee, Thomas)

    Ahlfeld, Adam SR
    Bassett,Armon SO
    Crawford, Jordan FR
    Ellis, Jamarcus SR
    Finkelmeier, Brett RS FR
    Gordon, Eric FR
    Holman, Eli FR
    McGee, Brandon FR/
    Stemler, Lance SR
    Taber, Kyle RS JR
    Thomas, DeAndre 6-8 JR/Chipola JC
    White, D.J. SR
    White, Mike SR

  8. Let’s stop looking in the review mirror regarding past coaches, past players, what they did, what they did not do, etc. Every IU BB fan knows that Sampson did major damage to IU’s program and that hiring him was a huge mistake. So let’s move on and celebrate the latest evidence that IU BB is pointed in the right direction. Let’s be optimisitic that Crean is recruiting student athletes that can play together and produce winning seasons, the right way. Let’s hope that, now that he’s recruiting the type of talent IU deserves, he can also develop and polish that talent into highly effective Big Ten teams.

    Winning the right way is sweet, far sweeter than those college programs that bend or break the rules or simply do the minimum necessary to stay off probation.

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