Reading the comments on the message board, many of you were afraid that if Derrick Favors becomes a one-and-done, the APR for Tech’s men’s basketball team will take another hit.
That’s not true, but there’s a catch.
Any athlete that leaves school before he graduates, and is on a pro roster next year, doesn’t count against a team’s APR…if he leaves in good academic standing.
For example, junior Gani Lawal has put his name in for the NBA draft. If he leaves Tech having completed this semester in good standing, and gets drafted or signs with a pro team, the basketball team’s APR won’t be negatively affected.
One other thing, athletics director Dan Radakovich included a note in the most recent edition of The Sting, the athletics department’s weekly newsletter, that “As a department we have become more equipped to address an monitor the structure of these NCAA academic standards…”
Tech Sports Information Director Dean Buchan said that the department isn’t reshuffling people, but it will continue to focus on the coordination needed across departments to ensure all sports exceed the NCAA’s minimum score of 925.
Heading over to tennis later today to watch some of the first-round action against jackson State.