IU basketball’s multi-year APR score drops for 3rd year in a row

The Indiana men’s basketball program saw its Academic Progress Report multi-year score fall for a third consecutive year, according to a report from the NCAA released Wednesday.

The continued drop in APR scores comes after the IU program averaged perfect 1,000 multi-year scores from 2011 through 2014. IU’s multi-year score of 943 released Wednesday reflects Tom Crean’s final four years as Indiana coach, during the last of which IU posted a single-year score of 920. Excessive roster turnover and players leaving in poor academic standing can negatively affect a team’s APR score.

According to the NCAA, programs must earn a four-year score of 930 to compete in the 2018-19 NCAA championships. So IU is not in danger of incurring any immediate penalties.

The only Big Ten men’s basketball program to post a lower multi-year rate than Indiana was Ohio State, which scored a 936 for the period beginning with the start of the 2013-14 academic year and ending with the 2016-17 academic year.

Data that includes Archie Miller’s first season as IU coach will be released next spring. Under the terms of his contract, Miller will receive a bonus of $125,000 if the most recently calculated multi-year score is greater than or equal to 950.

Meanwhile, nine Indiana athletic programs earned perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Report scores for the 2016-17 academic year, the school announced.

Field hockey, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s golf, softball, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and volleyball each posted perfect scores in the APR, which measures a program’s ability to retain or graduate athletes, while keeping them eligible.

Field hockey, men’s golf and women’s tennis also earned perfect four-year rolling scores of 1,000.

IU football posted a multi-year team score of 977 and a score of 967 for the 2016-17 school year.

Here’s how all IU programs fared:

Program: 2017-17 score/multi-year score

Baseball: 959/981
Men’s Basketball: 920/943
Women’s Basketball: 963/981
Men’s Cross Country: 1000/991
Women’s Cross Country: 1000/995
Field Hockey: 1000/1000
Football: 967/976
Men’s Golf: 1000/1000
Women’s Golf: 1000/986
Rowing: 981/984
Men’s Soccer: 958/982
Women’s Soccer: 991/995
Softball: 1000/997
Men’s Swimming and Diving: 970/985
Women’s Swimming and Diving: 1000/994
Men’s Tennis: 947/968
Women’s Tennis: 1000/1000
Men’s Track and Field: 992/979
Women’s Track and Field: 993/987
Volleyball: 1000/994
Water Polo: 960/979
Wrestling: 977/961


  1. So much for the student part of the equation, we already knew Crean’s on the court scores.

  2. So athletes can’t make money, but coaches can make a 6-figure bonus is the students get good grades… cool…

  3. …of course everyone’s opinion is valid and the +’s and -‘s of eventualities can be stretched in every direction even 180 degrees for me to proclaim if student/athletes don’t attain an acceptable APR, the HC gets fired…although I feel solidly there is leeway to investigate a simple method compensating student/athletes proportionately for each years grade levels earned…this is a little ‘give’ in my long held belief against paying amateurs in college as I’m certain any amount paid simply will be added to fan ticket prices…i fear we are close to killing the golden goose as it is…

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