On Academic Progress

da Coach has a few Random thoughts on what the new NCAA Graduation rules might mean for the Wildcats -- <br><br> and maybe a few of our opponents...

Two big changes that effect the Cats are in the package released today.
1. The big change for Northwestern appears to be the way graduation rate will be calculated --
Student-athletes who leave the institution and would have been academically eligible had they remained are removed from the calculation. -- Graduation Success Rate (GSR)
Its pretty simple, NU had a whole bunch of roundballers transfer after Bill Carmody's first year. These kids all were academically eligible, [and actually graduated elsewhere] but they counted against NU's Basketball Grad Rate [or GSR].

Now they apparently won't, and our roundball graduation rate will be back around 99%.

2. They've also dumped the 5/8 rule, that rule that limited the number of scholarships in any year or two year period. I haven't messed with the roster numbers, but had that been in place, we might not have had to play this year with only 8 scholarship players.

The some other things that could impact the Big 10.
  • Kids who leave a school and who are not academically eligible will not be able to be replaced by another player on scholarship until they would have graduated. [Contemporaneous Penalty Q&A]
  • Student Athletes must complete 20% or better of their degree requirements every year .
  • Graduation Rates are going to be calculated by the NCAA over 6 years, not the 5 the Feds use.
These changes probably won't bother Northwestern University, given our higher admittance standards, but they should impact the operations at some of the "factory" schools.

NU has had a long history of graduating athletes. While we have had our share of "bad guys" [who are asked to leave], we rarely graduate less than 95% of our student athletes and most of the new rules that come into effect in 2006 should just be one more thing for the coaches to track.

At some other schools, however, I'm sure there is just a slight degree of panic today...

And for some kids, the lure of the pro ranks just might be increased.
-- da Coach


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1. The big change for Northwestern appears to be the way graduation rate will be calculated --
Graduation Success Rate (GSR)
Its pretty simple, NU had a whole bunch of roundballers transfer after Bill Carmody's first year. These kids all were academically eligible, [and actually graduated elsewhere] but they counted against NU's Basketball Grad Rate [or GSR].

Now they apparently won't, and our roundball graduation rate will be back around 99%.

2. They've also dumped the 5/8 rule, that rule that limited the number of scholarships in any year or two year period. I haven't messed with the roster numbers, but had that been in place, we might not have had to play this year with only 8 scholarship players.

The some other things that could impact the Big 10.
These changes probably won't bother , given our higher admittance standards, but they should impact the operations at some of the \"factory\" schools.

NU has had a long history of graduating athletes. While we have had our share of \"bad guys\" [who are asked to leave], we rarely graduate less than 95% of our student athletes and most of the new rules that come into effect in 2006 should just be one more thing for the coaches to track.

At some other schools, however, I'm sure there is just a slight degree of panic today...

And for some kids, the lure of the pro ranks just might be increased.
-- da Coach

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