In APR-land, children do it for you.

What a country!

The recent classroom performance of Arizona State athletes will look good for the university — and even better for athletics director Ray Anderson. He will get nearly $350,000 in bonuses based on how well Sun Devils teams did in the NCAA’s annual Academic Progress Rate figures it released Wednesday…

Among those also getting APR bonuses are:

North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams: $75,000 for a perfect 1000 APR that comes in the aftermath of an academic scandal at the university that included allegations of improprieties by men’s basketball players but resulted in no NCAA sanctions.

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari: $50,000 that is only bonus he can received under the terms of his contract.

Auburn men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl: $150,000.

Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn: $75,000.

Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson: $100,000.

Florida State AD Stan Wilcox: $17,000 — a total based on him getting $1,000 for each team that had an APR above 950. 17 of FSU’s 18 teams were at 964 or greater. The football team was at 941.

Last fall, Louisville’s athletics department confirmed that football coach Bobby Petrino would be getting the $500,000 bonus called for under his contract if his team’s APR is at least 935 (the final figure, announced Wednesday, was 977). Petrino’s APR bonus, if he achieves it, increases the bonus he gets if the Cardinals go on to play in a bowl game.

If there was ever a time for a Steve Spurrier quip about Auburn academics, this would be it.


Filed under Academics? Academics., It's Just Bidness

6 responses to “In APR-land, children do it for you.

  1. Uglydawg

    Those are good bonuses for being able to manipulate the academic side of college football.
    Show me a school where top athletes occasionally actually flunk out and the APR is low, and I’ll show you a school where academics are taken seriously.


  2. ASEF

    UNC’s academics in athletics are absurdly monitored these days. Roy donates that money back to the university. But hey, whoever wrote that article, why not throw in a jab over classes that ended 8 years ago? And fail to mention that the lead investigator, Kenneth Wainstein, found Williams to be honest, engaged, and committed to the education of his players?

    I am not minimizing what happened at UNC. It’s just frustrating for that scandal to be constantly laid at the feet of Williams. He made his AD look into the classes and he pulled all of his players out of than years before the scandal broke.


  3. Bill Glennon

    Speaking of RAy Anderson, Which AD/Head Coach combo has the highest probability of FUBARIC disaster in the next 2-3 years? Three candidates:

    Anderson/Dungy at ASU
    Fulmer/Pruitt at TN
    Alleva/Orgeron at LSU

    I’m going with Anderson/Dungy by a nose over Alleva/Orgeron, though I think the LSU meltdown will come sooner. Things will take a little longer to erode at TN.