NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores have caught up with the Nevada-Las Vegas football program and head coach Bobby Hauck, who was a secondary and special-teams coach under Rick Neuheisel and Washington before going on to become head coach at Montana. Here’s a Las Vegas Review-Journal story detailing the shortfall, which will keep the Rebels from bowl eligibility in 2014.
It’s a setback for Hauck, who had been on the hot seat at UNLV in 2013 before getting the Rebels to the Heart of Dallas Bowl Jan. 1.
Not that UNLV is grossly behind the curve in the APR. In fact, its offending, four-year score of 925 wasn’t so bad a few years ago, but the cut line for post-season penalties has been raised to a 930, which equates roughly to a 50-percent graduation rate.
As columnist Ed Graney points out elsewhere in the Review-Journal, the big-time programs don’t seem as susceptible to such dramatic penalties; they have scads of academic-support people, and the skeptics among us would add that some schools seem to do a great job of keeping athletes eligible (even if it’s via dubious classes) and on track toward a degree.
Still, roughly half the schools in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision are of the non-BCS variety, so it’s not as though UNLV is out there with a challenge unto its own. There are plenty of Toledos, Middle Tennessee States and Arkansas States dealing with the same hurdles.