May 2, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Department of Intercollegiate Athletics today announced that both its football and men's basketball programs are below the 925 Academic Progress Rate (APR) cutoff and, therefore, subject to penalties.
Football (920) was subject to a contemporaneous penalty and the loss of two scholarships for having two student-athletes leave Purdue while not eligible in the past year. However, Purdue submitted an academic improvement plan as part of a waiver process that was approved by the NCAA, and if its established goals are met for the 2007-08 academic year, the waiver will be final, and there will be no loss of scholarships.
Men's basketball (894) was subject to a contemporaneous penalty and a historical penalty (for being below 900) and the loss of one scholarship for having one student-athlete leave Purdue while not eligible in the past year. Purdue filed a waiver for the historical penalty that was approved but chose not to file a waiver for the contemporaneous penalty since the one scholarship was available to take during the 2007-08 academic year. Purdue submitted an academic improvement plan as part of a waiver process that was approved by the NCAA, and if its established goals are met for the 2007-08 academic year, the waiver will be final, and no historical penalty will be applied.
Men's basketball has a current graduate success rate of 91 percent, which ranked tied for third among the 65 teams participating in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. It won the athletic department Provost Award in January 2008 for having the most improved team grade-point average from the previous semester. The team boasted a 3.12 cumulative grade-point average at the conclusion of the fall 2007 semester.
Football won the Provost Award in August 2007 and has a current graduate success rate of 70 percent, better than the national average of 67 percent. Last season, 14 student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten. A school-record 15 were honored in 2006.
"Joe Tiller, Matt Painter and I believe the academic plans in their respective programs have yielded positive results and will continue to do so," director of athletics Morgan Burke said. "As the NCAA continues its pursuit of academic reform, which Purdue supports, we believe a continued critical assessment of the impact of transfer students who leave while academically eligible to participate is needed. In both of our affected programs, if such student-athletes were not counted against us, we would be over the 925 cutoff and no penalties would be on the table. But even without any change in the calculation, our plans project both programs being able to achieve a score of 925 or better. Football can move above 925 as early as next year, but men's basketball figures to take a few years given its transfer activity of the last few years."