Accolades for the Villanova Men's Basketball Program continue to roll in as the sport was recognized by the NCAA with the "Public Recognition Award" for their success on the Academic Progress Rates.
Football, Men's Lacrosse, Men's Golf, Men's Swimming, Women's Basketball, and Women's Softball also won the award for their APRs.
Villanova led the Big East Conference APR for Men's Basketball with an astounding 985.
Here is how the Big East squads performed...
Notre Dame 982
West Virginia 960
St. Johns 959
Seton Hall 918
A "perfect" APR is 1000 and a 50% graduation rate 925. How is the APR calculated??? Well, get ready...
"The APR is calculated by allocating points for eligibility and retention -- the two factors that research identifies as the best indicators of graduation. Each player on a given roster earns a maximum of two points per term, one for being academically eligible and one for staying with the institution. A team's APR is the total points of a team's roster at a given time divided by the total points possible. Since this results in a decimal number, the CAP decided to multiply it by 1,000 for ease of reference. Thus, a raw APR score of .925 translates into the 925 that will become the standard terminology."
Historically comparing, the 4-year average is 933, with the 2007-08 number at 947. Interestingly... 8 schools in the Big East are above that, 8 are below.
No school in the conference is subject to penalties for their basketball performance.
If a school is below 925 for two years, they can possibly lose a scholarship. 3 years and they can be banned by the postseason.
Is the APR Flawed? Hell yeah it is, but it makes the NCAA look good and in this case, it makes Villanova look good as well.