The NCAA on Wednesday released its most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) data, and each of the University of Washington’s sports programs remain far above the minimum needed to avoid penalty.
The UW football team ranks third among Pac-12 schools with a four-year average score of 974, and the men’s basketball team, despite a poor single-year score of 893 for the 2014-15 academic year -- four players transferred from the program during that year and one was dismissed, which likely accounts for the dip -- still has a four-year average score of 971, which is good for fifth in the conference.
Utah and Stanford tied for tops in the Pac-12 in football with four-year scores of 983. Utah and Stanford also posted perfect scores of 1,000 in men’s basketball, with Arizona State earning a 990 and Arizona checking in at 979.
The contract of UW football coach Chris Petersen includes a guaranteed bonus of $125,000 if the Huskies maintain an APR score of 970 or better. If their score is 950 or better, he receives $50,000, and if the score is 960 or better, the bonus is $75,000. So it appears he will receive the maximum bonus of $125,000.
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Men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar receives a bonus of $10,000 if UW’s team APR is “equal to or greater than the most recently published national average for Division 1 men’s basketball teams,” another $10,000 if UW’s graduation sucess rate (GSR) is 100 percent, and another $10,000 if UW’s team grade-point average is 2.7 or better. The average APR score for a Division 1 basketball team is 964, according to the most recent data, so it appears Romar will earn that bonus, at least.
For more on exactly what the APR calculates -- eligibility and retention of scholarship athletes, essentially -- click here.