Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
For Immediate Release
March 18, 2014
Memphis Is One of the Top Five Basketball Programs in the NCAA Tournament for APR
Report shows University of Memphis tied for second with three other programs with
a 995 APR.
The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central
Florida (UCF) released its annual study, "Keeping Score When It Counts: Graduation
Success and Academic Progress Rates for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball
Tournament Team," and the University of Memphis is again one of the top teams in terms
of APR of the 68-team NCAA Tournament field.
"The Memphis Basketball Team under Coach Josh Pastner is an extraordinary representation
of the values and mission of the University of Memphis," said Brad Martin, interim
president of the University of Memphis. "We are proud of their academic achievement,
their community service and their athletic accomplishments."
The study examines the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and APR for the tournament teams
as reported by the NCAA. The University of Kansas led the way with a perfect 1000
APR, while Memphis, Duke, Louisville and Michigan all tied with a mark of 995.
"The University of Memphis is committed to recruiting and developing the best student-athletes
in the country both in the classroom and on the field of competition," said Tom Bowen,
director of athletics. "Our men's basketball program continues to set a high standard
in both areas and we are immensely proud of their success."
This is the second-straight year the Memphis Tigers have garnered attention for their
stellar APR heading into the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. In the 2013 TIDES report,
Memphis tied five other programs with a perfect 1000 APR. The other programs in the
NCAA postseason tournament to post a 1000 mark were Belmont, Butler, Kansas, Michigan
and Notre Dame.
"I'm extremely proud of our young men and the way they represent the Tigers," said
Head Basketball Coach Josh Pastner. "We have a strong track record of academic success
and graduating our players. It's a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes
and the outstanding support system we have in place at the University of Memphis."
The APR, developed in 2004, is a four-year average of performance that rewards student-athletes
for remaining eligible as well as continuing their education at the same school. The
NCAA recently voted to institute stricter policies with regards to APR performance
and postseason athletic participation. The new legislation will require teams to have
a four-year APR above 930, equivalent to a 50-percent graduation rate, to qualify
for postseason play the following year. According to this report, 87 percent of the
teams graduated 50 percent or more of their men's basketball student-athletes in 2014.
The full 2014 TIDES report can be accessed at: http://www.tidesport.org/Grad%20Rates/The%202014%