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August 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM

NCAA recommending tougher APR standards — how would Pac-12 schools fare?

Lots of buzz today about the breaking news that the NCAA — now led by former UW president Mark Emmert — is proposing stricter academic standards for athletic programs.

Here are the details.

Among the proposals is requiring that football teams have four-year rolling averages on the APR (Academic Progress Rate) of 930 or better to participate in a bowl game. (Here’s a good primer on the APR).

It’s important to note that details, such as a timeline for implementing the plan, won’t be finalized until October. NCAA officials said in a press conference today that there will likely be a 3-5-year phase-in to allow schools to prepare for the increased standards.

At the moment, UW would be safe (here’s a post from last spring detailing Washington’s numbers), as would 10 of the Pac-12 schools. Here are the most current four-year rolling averages for Pac-12 schools:

Stanford, 977
Oregon State, 959
UCLA, 956
Utah, 956
USC, 952
Arizona, 951
Cal, 949
Washington, 946
Oregon, 941
Arizona State, 940
Colorado, 929
Washington State, 925

Colorado and WSU seem close enough that they’d be able to get their number above the 930 mark in the three-to-five-year ramp-up period.

Obviously, it will be interesting to see the reaction in the football community to this proposal.

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