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The APR rates are in and it's not pretty this time around for BYU. BYU's score was 929, the lowest in the Mountain West, and just 5 points higher than the threshold where the team can lose scholarships due to poor academic progress. That score puts them a whopping 17 points below Utah State and 27 points behind Utah, their in-state competition.
The way the score is calculated is as follows. The team has 85 scholarships, each scholarship-ed player gets 1 point for remaining in school and 1 point for remaining academically eligible. That number is then multiplied by 1000 to give the final score.
With a score of 929, BYU achieved a pre-division, pre-multiplication score of 158 out of 170 meaning that 12 points were lost to academically ineligible players or players no longer with the team due to poor academic performance. (or so I assume, the rules aren't clear on the NCAA's website if a transferring player counts against the total)
I realize that this metric is in a way fundamentally flawed since the difficulty level at BYU is not the same as the difficulty level at say Georgia, but this still concerns me. Does anyone know what to make of this? Why did BYU score so low? Do departing transfers count against the total? Bueller?
Here is a link to the results on ESPN.
It should be noted that BYU's basketball team scored a 991, the highest score in the conference. Just 1 point above Utah, the second place finisher. Both teams are a whopping 27 points above Air Force, the third place finisher.