The Syracuse men’s basketball program posted a perfect APR score in the 2015-16 year, according to a press release from SU Athletics.
Syracuse men’s basketball had a perfect multi-year score, which indicates four straight perfect scores.
Now, whether this means anything or not is another argument.
Just a reminder: North Carolina received the NCAA APR award every year from 2004-2010 despite large enrollments in fraudulent classes, according to Ted Tatos.
As Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com points out, colleges have been found to have engaged in academic clustering, meaning athletes take majors that are less rigorous in order to stay on track to graduate.
The APR number, which follows individual student and total program progression at each Division I institution, tracks student-athletes by assigning points for each semester they remain eligible and for staying enrolled or graduating, according to the release.
“The aspect of my job that I enjoy the most is the opportunity to interact with the student-athletes,” SU AD John Wildhack said. “The APR scores show the commitment they have to their academics. It shows they are disciplined, that they prioritize and that they place the necessary emphasis on academics.”
Jim Boeheim also weighed in on the accomplishment, “[Our players] understand when they come here they are going to class and they are going to get good grades. Basketball is just two or three hours a day,” he said. “It’s managing your time making sure you’re doing that little bit every day. You have to do it every day and pay attention to it, and then you can have success.”
A perfect score means each player on the team was either on pace to graduate within that time frame or left the university in good academic standing.
Now, don’t let your friends give you any shit for Syracuse basketball not keeping up on the academic side of things. They learned their lesson and continue to dominate in the classroom.
Well done, guys.