In the Academic Progress Rates (APR) report released by the NCAA this week, Air Force
football coach Troy Calhoun ranked No. 1 among all BCS coaches with a lifetime APR average of 986 out of a possible 1,000. Calhoun posted a 981 in 2006-07, a 989 in 2007-08 and a 987 for 2008-09.
Two other Air Force coaches -- men's basketball coach Jeff Reynolds and track coach Ralph Lindeman -- also had rankings in the high 900s. Reynolds has a three-year average of 955, including a perfect 1,000 for 2006-07. Lindeman has a six-year average -- the APR didn't start until 2003-04 -- of 981 for women's indoor track and 996 for women's outdoor track.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation.
The NCAA average score was 944 for football, 940 for men's basketball, 966 for women's basketball, 967 for women's indoor track and 969 for women's outdoor track.
In other APR news around the Mountain West Conference:
- Under coach Dave Rose, the BYU men's basketball program received a perfect score of 1,000 for the third time in four years.
- The four-year APR for San Diego State football (931) is program's best score ever. SDSU had six teams in 2008-09 with scores of 1,000: men's golf, men's tennis, women's cross country, women's soccer and volleyball
- Colorado State coach Brian Bedard's indoor and outdoor women's track teams received a score of 1,000 for 2008-09.
- In 2008-09, the Wyoming's women's basketball program scored 1,000 under coach Joe Legerski for second time since 2005-06.
Another interesting note to ponder: if there were an eight-team playoff in college football that factored in team APR and BCS standings, it would include current MWC members TCU and Utah, as well as future MWC member Boise State. Other institutions that would meet both standards are Florida, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Miami and Wisconsin.