It's that time of year again when the NCAA acts like student athletes are a thing and it culminates with the release of the 2012-2013 APR scores. SBNation's coverage of the release ranks the football programs based on improvements from 2011-2012 and Iowa State is 10th on the list with a 20 point jump from the prior year. If there's a blemish on this record it's the fact that Iowa State ranks 141st nationally overall, which is on the wrong side of the bell curve.
Now let's dig a little deeper into what these scores mean.
What is the APR?
How Are Sanctions Determined?
How's The Football APR?
Iowa State football's multi-year APR is 948, 18 points above the point of sanctions. While that number doesn't appear overwhelming it's well above the four-year requirement of 930 and the eventual two-year average of 940 that is being implemented for this school year. Bringing that average up is the 2012-2013 score of 969. This means that Paul Rhoads has steadily increased the APR of the football team since taking over, and should be in no danger of sanctions similar to what Oklahoma State was just handed.
Hoiberg is Ruining Academics, College Basketball, and Women. Or Not.
Ask any Hawkeye fan and they'll talk about the "Right Way" to build a program and how Fran McCaffery is building an academic and athletic juggernaut in Iowa City. You just need to give it time guys. These fans typically go a step further and talk about how Hoiberg is ruining college basketball with his transfers, and in turn, Iowa State's APR score. They say things like (via Scout, sic'd):
Its pretty strange all the Iowa state fans that come on this board when you create a post with the heading Iowa state. One interesting fact between Iowa and Iowa State is Iowa State graduates 14% of their black players, 100% of their white players, and 50% overall; Iowa graduates 80% of their black players, 100% of their white players, and 88% overall. Their can be a lot of talk about the teams, but its obvious Iowa state isn't doing it the right way. The Iowa coaches are laying a solid foundation, and Iowa state is just trying to produce a product. If Iowa state wants to recruit a bunch of guys that just want to play ball that's their business, and if the Iowa state fans just want to follow a team that has players that just want to play ball that's fine too. Hopefully, their are teams that with players that want to go to college and play ball.
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Seems pretty dire right? Sounds like Hoiberg is coming in here and trashing the locker room and the classrooms all for a Sweet Sixteen appearance. Then you look at the APR, which is a 948 multi-year average. Remember that in the McDermott years this started to tank due to players leaving that weren't in good academic standing (Colvin, Dendy, and Staiger) and continued in the transition between McDermott and Hoiberg.
Hoiberg took over a moribund squad in 2010 and increased their APR each and every year. As a matter of fact the 2012-2013 score of 979 means that it's likely one player left school without his degree after last year's NCAA tournament appearance.
We did some math around Hoiberg's time in Ames, and it looks like this:
McDermott's final season in 2009-2010 provided Iowa State with a dismal 875 APR score. Given that the Division I multi-year average is 954 and Hoiberg is trending in the right direciton, I'd say what he's accomplished over the three years is no small feat.
Kudos to McCaffery for having Iowa's multi-year average at 971, but if you're a Hawkeye fan you probably won't like to hear the program's 2012-2013 score was identical to Iowa State's 979. So whatever you're doing in Iowa City keep it up. We'll take the wins and matching academic record any day of the week.
How About the Other Sports?
Similar to last year, there's nothing to see here, and that's a good thing. Here are the numbers by multi-year/2012-2013.
Men's Cross Country: 968/929
Men's Golf: 964/923
Men's Track: 957/931
Wrestling: 958/949 - This is trending down, and given the team's recent problems with athletic success, is something to keep an eye on.
Women's Basketball: 979/979
Women's Cross Country: 1,000/1,000 - Perfect again
Women's Golf: 991/1,000
Women's Track: 993/1,000
Keep doing what you're doing coaches and students. It's working.