The latest APR scores are out and Arkansas is doing fine in all of its sports. Here is the full rundown for those interested: http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2018 … pr-report/

Some notables:

  • Football had the highest single-year score in the SEC and its multi-year score is 11 points higher than any other reporting period at Arkansas.

  • Chad Morris’ old team at SMU and Mike Neighbors’ old team at Washington did well.

  • Men’s basketball had a perfect single-year score for the second consecutive year.

  • Women’s basketball came in below the single-year benchmark with a score of 909 but has a solid multi-year score.

  • Baseball has the lowest multi-year score in the SEC.

The APR release has kind of become just another item on the schedule for Arkansas. It used to be that a handful of us were invited to a meeting with some UA officials two or three days before the release and they would fill us in on the upcoming scores, and the stories would be embargoed until noon the day of the release.

Typically those backgrounders were to inform about basketball’s situation, which was pretty grim for a stretch because of the way so many players left after the 2007-08 season. One year Arkansas had been put on notice and the next year was informed it would receive a scholarship reduction.

We’re a long way from that now, with back-to-back years of perfect scores. Mike and his staff have done a great job of getting that program turned around in the classroom.

Running people off will bite you in the APR and DVH is finding that out. We’ll see what happens with Morris, and also with Mike, with the people who bailed out this spring.

There is another reporter on another site that says he expects several more FB players to leave within the next month. But, if I’m not mistaken, if they transfer in good academic standing it doesn’t affect the APR

That’s for people who go pro. If somebody bails for another school, you lose the retention point. Unless they’re also flunking, then you get the oh-fer.

Here’s the example the NCAA uses on its website to illustrate how the APR is calculated in football:

75 players stay in school and are passing. Two points each = 150.

Three guys stay in school but are academically ineligible. One point each = 3.

Five guys are academically fine but transfer. One point each = 5.

Two guys are flunking and leave school. Zero points.

Total of 158 points out of a possible 170, which works out to a 929 APR for that year’s group.

So on the men’s side, where are we ranked in the SEC…around 12?

Football’s multiyear score tied for fourth, behind Vandy, Bama and Auburn. Since that’s the largest chunk of scholarship athletes, I doubt seriously we’d be 12th.

BB didn’t get it done on the field, but his emphasis on academics did pay off in the APR score.