New APR requirements and how UK would have fared

Following the NCAA presidential retreat, action is already shaping up, including a new benchmark APR score needed to participate in postseason play.

The DI Board of Directors “supported a penalty structure that will require teams to earn at least a 930 four-year, rolling APR in order to participate in postseason competition,” according to an NCAA release, and “the presidents felt strongly that the academic principles be adopted swiftly and decidedly, with details to be finalized in October.”

The plan is to have the new rule in place for the 2014-15 season, in order to allow enough seasons under the new benchmark to accumulate.

So, how would UK have fared had the new rules been in place before?

The men’s basketball team has been above the 930 benchmark the last four years, with rolling four-year scores of 941, 979, 954, and 974 from 2006-07 to 2009-10. In the two years previous to that, the team posted rolling scores of 922 and 916.

The football team has been above the benchmark all six years, with rolling four-year scores of 940, 946, 943, 948, 951, and 948, from 2004-05 to 2009-10.

The scores can be accessed here.

According to SI’s Stewart Mandel, 12 teams from last season’s NCAA Tournament, including overall No. 1 seed Ohio State, would not have been eligible to play.

Louisville football would also have been ineligible to play in a bowl game.