More on IU basketball’s perfect APR score

IU put out a separate release on IU basketball’s perfect multi-year 1000 five years after the school was put on public notice. It follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After inheriting a program that would be put on public notice for poor APR performance in 2009, Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has seen his program earn a fourth straight perfect score of 1,000, the only Big Ten men’s basketball program to achieve such success according to the NCAA’s most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate report released May 14.

“Academic success is a critical component to thriving as a true student athlete at Indiana University,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “Our staff and Marni Mooney deserves the bulk of the credit for keeping our guys on task daily. When you measure our APR, record of graduating players and the academic awards and honors our players have received recently, we believe we are as strong in this area as anyone in the country.”

The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. Last week, the NCAA recognized the men’s basketball program with its second straight APR Public Recognition Award, which is given to high-performing teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their particular sports.

In May of 2009, the IU men’s basketball program was well below the national average, ranked 325 out of 341 Division I schools. The Hoosiers received an APR score of 866, down almost 70 points from the national average of 933 and also under the NCAA’s minimum limit of 925.

Confidence in Crean’s ability to move the program forward was never in doubt.

“We took the public notice very seriously,” IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass said. “The poor academic performance for which we were being cited for occurred under two coaches prior. Tom Crean’s leadership and commitment to academics, allowed us to put our issues fully in the past in exemplary fashion.”

Academically, IU is tied for the most Big Ten All-Academic citations since 2010 with 27. In addition, twenty-one players have earned degrees at IU, while five have left holding a master’s degree as well. A handful of players including Victor Oladipo earned their bachelor’s degree in three years and Jordan Hulls and Derek Elston both earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in four years.


The Hoosiers are 73-31 during the last three years and were ranked No. 1 in the country for the majority of the 2012-13 season.

Their 2013 Big Ten Championship was its first outright league title in 20 years.

Indiana has defeated a national best 10 programs ranked in the top 10 in the last three years and also leads the Big Ten with

15 regular season wins against the Top 25 in that same span.

Also, Crean has mentored two NBA lottery picks (Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller), a National Player of the Year (Oladipo), a

first team All-American (Oladipo and Zeller), a first team Academic All-American (Zeller) and a Senior Class Award (Jordan

Hulls) with the Hoosiers.


Kyle Taber (Sport Marketing Management)

Devan Dumes (General Studies)

Tijan Jobe (General Studies)

Steven Gambles (General Studies)

Brett Finkelmeier (Biochemistry)

Jeremiah Rivers (General Studies)

Tom Pritchard (Sport Communication Broadcast/Masters in Sport Management)

Matt Roth (Sport Communication Broadcast/Masters in Sport Management)

Verdell Jones III (Sport Communication Broadcast)

Kory Barnett (Sport Communication Broadcast)

Daniel Moore (Sport Communication Print)

Jordan Hulls (Exercise Science/Masters in Sport Administration)

Derek Elston (Sport Communication Broadcast/Masters in Sport Administration)

Christian Watford (Sport Communication Broadcast)

Maurice Creek (Sport Communication Broadcast)

Victor Oladipo (Sport Communication Broadcast)

Austin Etherington (SPEA/Management)

Evan Gordon (Masters in Sport Administration)

Jeff Howard (Business)

Will Sheehey (Legal Studies)

Taylor Wayer (Sport Marketing/Management)


  1. I think this is something everyone here can be very proud of. Congrats not just to Coach Crean, but to what I think is one of the gems in all of college athletics: the IU Athletic Academic Staff. Coach Buzz should have a statue put out in front of Cook Hall.

  2. I agree completely Double Down! This great news won’t stop the Crean-haters from bashing him, but we can be proud to know that IU basketball is once again setting the standard for student athletes. Now, if Crean’s payers can keep this up while getting deep into the NCAA Tournament, that will really be something special.

    I hope they give Marni a big bonus. And Crean is right, she deserves the credit. I roomed with several scholarship student athletes while at IU, and I witnessed first hand how demanding their schedule was and how hard they had to work in order to keep their grades up. The only advantage they had over regular students was that they never had to worry about getting the classes they needed.

  3. Congrats to Coach Crean and especially Marni Mooney and staff on this significant accomplishment! Well done!

    Podunker, it is interesting to note the paucity of comments to this significant accomplishment, whether the lack of from “Crean-bashers” or from other bloggers. It makes me wonder whether persons on this blog are more concerned about the “athlete” in “student athlete” rather than the “student.” If so,it may be time for IU, and other universities, to roll back their involvement in being the minor leagues for professional sports and focus more of their resources and energy on education, the very purpose for which they exist.

  4. It makes me wonder whether persons on this blog are more concerned about the “athlete” in “student athlete” rather than the “student.” If so,it may be time for IU, and other universities, to roll back their involvement in being the minor leagues for professional sports and focus more of their resources and energy on education, the very purpose for which they exist.

    Couldn’t agree more, WaltD.

    And with no hope of competency at the teaching of the game now camouflage by excessive marketing and preaching at an IU Basketball once rooted in putting teams on the floor learned and prepared(a sad irony when it is proven that that our basketball players can do very well in the absorption of chalkboards commanded by those with the know-how belonging at the front of the classroom/locker room), and with no future hope in sight that “substance” over “image” is just as important in locker rooms as classrooms, then it likely is time to reexamine the purposes such sports programs exist(especially considering the ungodly salary payed to a ‘charlatan of hardwood classroom’). And now we’re going to pour even more dollars into the building that houses and protects such an incompetent substitute teacher of the game? Makes me wonder how much “substance” is left in IU’s academic world.. Or maybe it’s all about selling and finding ways to damper higher goals/majors(detract student-athletes away from more demanding courses and avenues of study)so the numbers for the ‘parent company’ are relatively easily satisfied to protect its own image. Are any of these numbers reflective of anything that has to do with curriculum? Do we want the Indiana basketball player to walk onto McCracken and receive a grade school basketball teacher? Numbers say everything you want to mold them to say. Simply ask a Mary Willingham at North Carolina how it all fits.

  5. A great accomplishment for Indiana University, AD Fed Glass, Head Coach Tom Crean, the entire coaching staff, and especially to the academic support and tutoring staff headed by Marni Mooney! Oh, and lest we forget, the hard academic work of each of these student-athletes!

  6. I don’t think their is anything wrong with being a fan. If a blogger can’t show enthusiasm over a student athlete, then shame on us. Everyone blogs different as in tastes, styles, etc.

  7. Is ‘Sport Communication’ the new name for a journalism degree?

    Is there any hope for a journalist to get into a broadcast booth with ex-athletes and ex-coaches seemingly taking all the openings?

    Brett Finkelmeier (Biochemistry)….? Could be mistaken, but wasn’t he enrolled in the School of Dentistry? And wasn’t he cut short of his full b-ball eligibility?

    Lastly, would you advise your child that’s not an athlete to borrow $80,000 in student loans to major in Sports Communications?

  8. Is that why everyone hates Skip Bayless? Is it because he was never a high level athlete and he shouldn’t be taking a spot in front of a camera reserved for former college/NBA/NFL jocks?

  9. Harvard,
    Everyone hates Bayless because the general consensus is that he’s become a sanctimonious blowhard. I don’t watch First Take with any degree of regularity, but there certainly seems to be some evidence in that regard. There are a lot of other non-jock sports journalists on TV who don’t inspire nearly as much vitriol, so it’s not because he didn’t play pro ball.
    As for sport communication, that’s basically the sport broadcast major, and there are a lot of other guys I’ve come to know through covering IU that are doing good work and getting jobs through that major. As far as getting jobs in the broadcast business, well, there are basically four different broadcast sports jobs. Play-by-play man, color guy, sideline/stand-up reporter and anchor. The color commentator is obviously the province of former players and coaches, and for good reason. In that spot, you’re looking for someone who has the insight who can tell the fans something they wouldn’t know because the color guy has lived it and they haven’t. The other three types of jobs are pretty open to everyone else in the business. But the color guy has been the province of athletes and coaches for at least 40 years, and for the purpose of serving the consumer, I’m not sure that should change.

  10. I tend to feel that many of the broadcasters considered “color guys” are not very colorful. They bring a lot of technical/locker room/chalkboard to the desk, but they’re not very good storytellers and some have absolutely zero wit and no ability to expand discussions beyond the technical.

    I must be in the minority because I enjoy Bayless. Then again, I always loved Cosell(and he was generally despised).

    Jim McKay was also one of my old favorites. Loved watching ‘Wide World of Sports’ as a kid.

  11. I nominate Dustin to take over for Don Fischer when ‘Fish’ retires. You are perfect for the job….versatility…quick-thinker on camera…strong voice with good tone for radio….great knowledge base of all IU sports. But can you bring the enthusiasm?

    Who in the hell can replace Fish’s enthusiasm…..?

  12. I’m really not. Play-by-play is really, really hard. And it’s not something you just jump into. It takes years to get good at it, and the most play-by-play I’ve ever done was for a class in college one semester. There’s definitely some IU grad out there who’s spent 5-10 years some place doing play by play for minor league games trying to hone the craft while I’ve been writing. Me getting the IU play-by-play job would be like that hypothetical person getting hired to cover the Yankees for the New York Times. We’d be incredibly unqualified.

  13. Dustin…I absolutely hate the overuse of the word ‘hate’ and its variations, like turning it into a noun to describe those that may simply have a negative opinion…as in ‘Crean haters;, ‘Knight haters’… They’re not haters, they simply do not like/agree with/take an opposite view what someone (Crean’s style, game adjustments, pre-game plan) is or is not doing.

    But ‘haters’ derived from the verb ‘hate’ is a very, very strong word. Sort of like when the Nazi extremists (that’s what some of them were) ‘hated’ Jews (often not even knowing why). SO, to use the word ‘hate’ to describe a coach or a sports columnist for an opinion seems to me to be a variation of the same action ‘to hate’, because it likely lacks definition. I hate seeing it used in this realm. How in the hell can anyone ‘hate’ Bayless. They can think his columns are pointless, wrong, even lack content, show ignorance….but ‘hate Bayless’? Or to involve the word ‘hate’ as a natural occurrence, or describe opposite opinions as coming from ‘haters’? I don’t think so.

  14. For the record…I was the one that used “hate” in describing how I thought many observers see Bayless. It was reckless…I’ve seen posts on Scoop from the past that demonstrated a serious amount of contempt. “Hate” was simply a lazy way to cover the range of contempt. I have sinned.

    Don’t go putting it on Dustin…Dustin was merely quoting without quotations.

    And also for the record…I think Bayless is brilliant in creating his TV image. To be despised and considered a “sanctimonious blowhard” is a wonderful way to stay employed.

    Interesting bit of trivia: Did anyone else know that Stephen A. Smith(Bayless’s partner in crime on ‘First Take’) attended a fashion design school in New York City for two years?

  15. Dustin, look at the following:

    “Everyone hates Bayless because the general consensus is that he’s become a sanctimonious blowhard. I don’t watch First Take with any degree of regularity, but there certainly seems to be some evidence in that regard.”

    Do you really mean that? “Everyone hates…”? (Who’s ‘everyone’)…Do you really mean “hates”, “the general consensus”; of what? where? I don’t hate Bayless, know a lot (and I do mean ‘a lot’ of people who really like his writing, admire the fact that he is not afraid to give opinions without wetting and sticking his finger up in the air to measure opinions first.

    You’re a writer and appear to be a very balanced (that’s exactly the word I’d use to describe you- as a writer and a person).I think you know exactly what I’m talking about; and the issue of words we use to describe people or situations are very critical in my opinion. Particularly when we know people get them infused into their minds and use them in any number of ways to create ‘atmospheric pressures’ meant to manipulate audiences, even in something as insignificant (in the realm of our entire lives) as the games we play. We do have the ‘bully pulpit’ and Beowulf’s or Lancelot’s sword or King Arthur’s Excalibur, the words as weapons in the profession of the journalist; used for good or, if for evil, empowered to destroy us and our societies.

    Do we ‘hate’ Purdue? Why? Do we hope Wisconsin’s basketball coach? Why…because he’s good at beating us?

    Great baseball game today. Thursday and yesterday we Hoosier’s really did seem unfocused, vague, thinking about trophies rather than the game, and showed it with a generally listless performance that more than anything seemed to lack what they showed just all season; and more specifically, today-just now, urgency and focus became good baseball and an impeccable win.

    Maybe it’s all good, we will need to carry this game and the way our players approached it, into the B1G tournament.

  16. Oops, talk about words. In describing Wisconsin’s basketball coach, Bo Ryan…I used ‘hope’ when I should have used ‘hate’ as an example of over usage of the word ‘hate’. I don’t ‘hate’ Bo Ryan, I love. Well, I don’t really ‘love’ him…well, you know what I mean. (I could love him, we’re the same age…but, I’m too old and too heterosexual (even though that has little to do with ‘love’). And, I do ‘hope’ he serves as a model of how the game should be played.

    (Ohhh cr__!, now I’ll hear from all kinds of ‘haters’).

  17. I can confirm, with no apologies, that I do “hate” Purdue. I “hate” that obnoxious-ass, big-mouthed, blowhard, high-pitched, screaming hillbilly whiner I endlessly hear in the background of radio broadcasts after every whistle call that goes against a Boilermaker. That bag of bitter wind must possess lifetime season tickets directly behind the press tables….Hate…hate…hate…hate…her nasally scream full of contempt for officials when IU is playing in Mackey. She probably picks her fat nose when anyone else is in town. Probably gets extra angry when the Hoosiers are at Mackey because she can’t stuff four buckets of buttery popcorn into her enormous fat trap. Yes, I hate that woman. I want to tape her mouth with candy striped duck tape. I want to pull a Dr. Phibes on her and make her eat every refs whistle over the last twenty years of games she’s screamed her terror for every call against Purdon’t.

  18. And I love you too Harvard. (Well, I don’t really mean ‘love’…ohh forget it!). I didn’t notice that you had introduced ‘hate’; but, what Dustin did was expand your use to exactly what I’m talking about, the hinted reference to ‘haters’…:

    As in: “Everyone hates Bayless because the general consensus…”. That’s one hell of an expansion. Sort of like Putin wanting to park his yacht in Sebastopol and go to the beaches of Crimea to get a sun tan and end up wanting to take over the entire of the Ukraine.

  19. Chet also hates Bayless. I like Chet. Chet can hate Bayless and I’ll still like Chet….(and I still like Bayless…and I really like his brother’s Frontera Grill).

    There’s only one man that will never be hated…Ernie Banks. It is impossible to hate Ernie Banks. Is that not best imitation of Brickhouse’s “Hey! Hey!” forever and eternity?

  20. No Harvard. You do not hate that Purdue lady you describe as “that obnoxious-ass, big-mouthed, blowhard, high-pitched, screaming hillbilly.” What it is, IT IS LUV!! you have a fixation and see yourselves as she “picks her fat nose …gets extra angry when [you try] to stuff four buckets of buttery popcorn into her enormous fat trap[and] tape her mouth with candy striped duck tape…and make her eat every refs whistle.”

    I see a lot more than ‘hate’ Harvard, I see some LOVE! You gotta be sweating when you think of this Purdue lady…and it ain’t puppy luv Harvard! (phew!!!…you got me sweating trying to imagine the scene!).

  21. And Chet probably has dreams about riding his Triumph motorcycle, coming to a tunnel, driving into its dark passages…suddenly stopping….backing up…stopping as he comes under the sun light…losing his helmet….switching forward and driving…again into the cavernous tunnel…picking up speed (with rocks rolling noisily downhill)_… and suddenly stopping and …backing up…ag’in….(the walls, the ceiling)…..

  22. You may be on to something….Can I make her look like Scarlett Johansson…and have here get a large squeeze bottle of extra butter with the popcorn?

  23. You went too far with the Chet cycling metaphors. It’s more about the hand throttles…..

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