And away he goes.
"Student-Athlete." Both a student and an athlete. What a novel concept. The NCAA has used APR (Academic Progress Rate) for years to track the classroom performance of each member school's student-athletes. Schools could be penalized for having an APR below 900 over a rolling four year span, but those penalties never had any affect on the on-field product until the third consecutive year of a sub-900 APR (For a full explanation and list of penalties, consult here). That's changing, as the NCAA has decided that from now on, an APR below 930 will leave an institution ineligible for post-season competition, including bowl games. For those of you wondering, the APR scores for the Penn State football team between the academics years 2006/2007 and 2009/2010 are 964, 976, 974 and 972. To look up any other programs, go here.
Eep. Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower broke his hand in practice Thursday. He'll be participating in practice today without missing any time. My thoughts:
/tips cap. This is going to be Howard Schnellenberger's last season coaching college football. The man is a legend, and he almost single-handedly changed the way that college football programs recruit, all while building a small private school into a national power in Miami. He also has a mustache so thick and luxurious that pictures of it are used as currency in most third world countries. It's been real, Schnelly.
Kevin Wilson is just so. damn. real. Sports radio idiocy should be treated with this level of disdain at all times. No it wasn't professional, but I appreciate the fact that he's not willing to endure potshots at his program.
Bad math. The USA Today preseason Sagarin rankings have been released. Ohio State is #3 and Florida is #6. BRB, hitting Jeff Sagarin's computers with a cricket bat until the evil ceases.