How else to explain this passage from Bruce Feldman’s blog?
… As I wrote the other day, the APR system has some quirks in it and critics point out it’s more about keeping players eligible than necessarily making sure they graduate. With that, I noticed something interesting when I saw colleague Tim Griffin’s post about the APR rankings in the Big 12. Oklahoma is actually tops at 952. Texas Tech is 10th at 935. This is almost the opposite of what you’d expect knowing that Tech’s graduation rate was 79 percent while OU’s was 46 percent. (Get full graduation rates here.) [Emphasis added.]
Well, there’s this.
… An ACC administrator I asked Thursday pointed to the APR. “This isn’t going to stop kids from not graduating,” he said. “It’s just a way for the NCAA to make themselves look good. You can have juniors leave early for the NFL and then, if they make an NFL roster, you can still be a 2-for-2 (on the APR point system), but that doesn’t mean you’re graduating.”
Gaming the system. Remember – that’s something coaches are supposed to be good at. It’s part of the job description.