Great report card day in Bulldog Nation

There’s nothing that warms a parent’s heart like your kid acing a final, and the same should be true for fans of the student athletes at our favorite colleges. In that regard, Wednesday was a mighty good day, with my daughter getting a 91 on her biology final and UGA’s athletic program getting a fine report card from the NCAA.

Not only did all 20 of Georgia’s teams beat the minimum required 925 score in the Academic Progress Rate data covering the 2005-2005 through 2007-2008 school years (with 12 of them improving their showing over last year), but the football Bulldogs had the best score in the SEC with a 976, seven points ahead of the second-place Brainiacs at Vandy. That put the Dogs in a tie with Penn State for the best score among last season’s Top 25 teams. The women’s cross country team posted UGA’s highest APR score with a 996, earning a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA. And the basketball Lady Bulldogs also topped the SEC with a 986, again seven points ahead of Vanderbilt. 

Wow. And Bob Dylan’s new release entered Billboard’s national album chart Wednesday at No. 1! Good day, indeed.

The APR measures eligibility, retention and graduation of student athletes competing in Division 1 and serves as a predictor of graduation success. Teams that fail to meet the minimum score are subject to penalties, such as the loss of scholarships announced Wednesday for Ole Miss’ football team and Georgia Tech’s basketball team. You can check out the NCAA’s APR report here. 

One of the more notable results to me was UGA’s troubled men’s basketball program ranking fourth best in the SEC with a 945. Considering how many players left the program during this period under former coach Dennis Felton, that’s just plain remarkable and a tribute to the work Damon Evans’ staff is doing on the academic side.

I imagine it’s too much to hope that the loss of scholarships on North Avenue will reduce the number of sanctimonious posts here from Bug fans touting their athletes as scholars and putting UGA’s down as dumb jocks, but at least they have to know what a hollow ring their braggadocio has. 

Bulldog Bites: Mark Richt addressed the Macon Bulldog Club Wednesday night and put a positive spin on all the uncertainty about his team in the upcoming season. “I think the fans are just excited about the unknown,” he said. “They’re not really sure what to expect, but they’re anxious to see a lot of young players step up and make their mark.” I think he used the right word in “anxious,” but I have to say I think scooting along under the radar like the 2009 Dawgs are doing in the pre-season is preferable to last season’s hype. Watching underdogs succeed is always more fun. … Of course, some teams thrive on No. 1 rankings and exalted expectations, and fortunately the Gym Dogs are one of them. If you’d like to see them snag UGA’s fifth consecutive national championship and 10th overall, CBS will televise the videotaped NCAA Gymnastics Championship 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. … Has the silly season of off-field misbehavior begun for the football Dogs? UGASports.com is reporting that tight end Bruce Figgins, defensive end Justin Houston and wide receiver Tony Wilson each will be suspended for an undetermined period after violating team rules. However, Richt would not confirm the suspensions on Wednesday, saying through spokesman Claude Felton that “there is nothing to report” at this time. If the report is true, having Houston, the surprise of spring practice, miss playing time at one of the Dogs’ most worrisome positions definitely would be a setback.   

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Tom

May 7th, 2009
10:40 am

Bill, if Tech players could major in Consumer Ec and take Basketball 101, do you think that APR might’ve been better?

Any kid who couldn’t stay eligible at UGA would need a trail of Cheetos to find the gym for practice every day.

DawgGirl32

May 7th, 2009
10:50 am

Oh lord Tom. Here we start with the excuses. Why can’t you guys just admit that you’re not as smart as you’d like everyone to believe?

I know, I know. 45-42. We get it.

animaldr

May 7th, 2009
11:08 am

Why isn’t this on the front page? Poor academics or arrests sure get top billing!

Rick G - FOTR

May 7th, 2009
11:12 am

Just love the name Bruce Figgins….tight end?

This could be dangerous……………
….I got an ‘A’ in Band!

Rebel Rouser

May 7th, 2009
12:07 pm

Hey Tom, Do you really think that your athletes are smarter than everyone elses just because they go to Tech….what a pompous idiot! Let’s face it Tech’s academic program is no better than anyone elses especially UGA’s. The majority of Tech fan’s have a major inferiority complex when it comes to UGA…..I don’t see many Rhoades Scholars coming out of Tech lately…if you want to find some you’ll have to go to Athens…..Please beware the beat down your team will get in Atlanta this upcoming football season will be one for the record books….better buckle your chin strap Enstein!

jchill

May 7th, 2009
12:34 pm

Half of techs athletes go to Georgia State for the classes!! Then back to tech for practice.

Tom

May 7th, 2009
12:38 pm

Tech admissions requires higher test scores and GPA’s than the NCAA minimums (which is all</i? UGA requires from a strictly-quantitative regard), yet Tech players struggle to stay eligible while UGA’s (apparently) don’t.

What should the inference be?

(btw, it’s “Rhodes” and “Einstein”)

Dumblebees

May 7th, 2009
12:38 pm

All together now GNAT windbags. Tell us again and again and again and again the propaganda about how you’re the smartest people on planet, make that the solar system.

Reggie Ball

May 7th, 2009
12:42 pm

TOM have you ever heard a GT player talk? If you have then you know why their score sucked.

Voice of Reason

May 7th, 2009
12:55 pm

Can I have some references to Tech’s requiremnents as opposed to UGA’s. Sorry Tom, but I can’t just take your word for it.

uga_b

May 7th, 2009
12:55 pm

I seem to remember something about Tech academic honesty…oh well, no time to think about it, bout to head downtown for a Coke deal…your pal, Tom

uga_b

May 7th, 2009
12:56 pm

Even I feel I went a little low on that last post. Glad I get internet in my glass house.

Voice of Reason

May 7th, 2009
1:14 pm

Yeah, it has to be easy for students who can take classes like Yarn & Fabric Formation, Knitting Technology, Men’s Glee Club, and Music Theory. Oh, excuse me, those are classes at Tech.

Voice of Reason

May 7th, 2009
1:16 pm

976-957 !!!! hahahahahahaha (football APRs)

Voice of Reason

May 7th, 2009
1:25 pm

And also Tom, can I have the ourse number on that Basketball 101? As hard as I have tried I can’t seem to find ANYTHING close to that.

Corrine Brown (D) FL

May 7th, 2009
1:39 pm

Percy Harvey do good on the Wonderbread Test, he do good on APR too. Corch Meyers done good.

GO GATOR! 1,2,3,4,5

MoDawg

May 7th, 2009
1:41 pm

Hey, at least we can beat Florida at SOMETHING!

Tom, based on the APR for your basketball program, they might benefit from a little “Basketball 101″…914??? Wow! And here I was, just about to start believing all of the B.S. you technerds spew about how superior your academics are(NOT!) Tom is pathetic! We’ll bring some textbooks to Grants Tomb this Fall. It appears you need some.

Cuz

May 7th, 2009
1:45 pm

976-957. Now I understand the 45-42 score. Our players actually had to study while Tech’s did not.

Bill when are we going to order our rings with 976-957?

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2009
1:45 pm

MY daughter got a 92.

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2009
1:57 pm

Cuz, to put it in term that the gnats can understand:

[(976-957)/1]>[(45-42)*1/8]

Old Dawg

May 7th, 2009
1:58 pm

Regardless of the school, majors, or classes passed, this is a great honor for any student athlete and a more impressive honor for any college or university. Tech is a quality institution, and they work with their student athletes to have them major in industrial management (considered the Liberal Arts of the school), and it also has a business school.

The fact is, Vanderbilt slips their student athletes into neighboring Peabody College, so many of them are not attending the academic bastion of the SEC.

Like I’ve written many times, I admire Tech for its overall academic prowess, the depth and strength of its research programs and coordination of research programs with other universities in Georgia, including UGA.

At the same time, many Tech fans forget that some of their student athletes were recruited by UGA and other Div I schools. If the recruits had signed with UGA or other schools, they probably would have majored in the Liberal Arts, Management, Phys Ed etc. There is a limited talent pool for Div I athletes, so just remember that the student athlete you’re looking down our nose at, could just as easily be wearing Old Gold and White instead of the Red and Black, Orange and Purple and countless other school colors.

Saint Simons

May 7th, 2009
1:58 pm

45-42!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahh

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2009
2:11 pm

Capable of having an original thought!!!!! hahahahahahahahahh

SoCal Dawg

May 7th, 2009
2:15 pm

Saint Simons proves his IQ every time he post. Which is it 45 or 42?

Saint Simons

May 7th, 2009
2:17 pm

45-42 is reality!!!!!!

The Truth Hurts

May 7th, 2009
2:18 pm

Hey Tom, I have two friends whose sons finished third and fifth in their class in high school….both did not get in UGA but both were admitted to Tech on early admission……don’t tell me that Tech’s standards are more ridgid than UGA’s….once again Tech fans have an excuse for everything….and always show that they have an inferiority complex when talking about UGA.

Saint Simons

May 7th, 2009
2:19 pm

didn’t plupwood go uga?

Voice of Reason

May 7th, 2009
2:21 pm

Don’t get me wrong here folks. I believe that Ga Tech is a GREAT school of which anyone should be proud to be a fan or graduate. I have several family members who are both. The point that I am trying to make is not that UGA is superior or that Tech is inferior but that all the talk from Tech fans regarding their athletes and schools vast superiority to UGAs needs to stop and this is a good example of why.

Voice of Reason

May 7th, 2009
2:23 pm

who is plupwood?

SoCal Dawg

May 7th, 2009
2:30 pm

59-39 Saint Simons sound familiar?

K-Town Dawg

May 7th, 2009
2:33 pm

I want to know where Saint Simon went to school?

My bet is that it is not GT.

PHIL

May 7th, 2009
2:35 pm

Hey Tom, Tech has athletic majors and classes just like everyone else. Surely you know that. No electrical engineering majors on your basketball team.

The Truth Hurts

May 7th, 2009
2:35 pm

Didn’t Reggie Ball go to Tech?

Paul

May 7th, 2009
2:56 pm

What was Joe Hamilton finishing his degree in when he was arrested last year? I can’t remember what his major was but I do know it wasn’t a hell of an engineer. Well maybe he is a custodial engineer.

animaldr

May 7th, 2009
2:57 pm

Cuz- I have to have one of those rings.

Dorsey Hill

May 7th, 2009
3:12 pm

Irrespective of APR scores and differences in perception of the difficulty of competing curriculums, the matter of intelligence, with respect to athletes, was decided conclusively upon the decision on where to go to school. If you chose you Tech, I’m sorry but you failed the exam miserably. No GPA or IQ score will ever overcome such an irretrievably stupid choice.

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2009
3:12 pm

The ring is not really about tech or UGA having better students than tech. The ring is just a celebration of having a wonderful academic year, and not being obsessed with tech at all, and the seniors just thought that putting 976-957 was “symbolic” of you know, the whole year.

K-Town Dawg

May 7th, 2009
3:15 pm

HAHAHAHAHA! “Symbolic”

Huh?

May 7th, 2009
3:28 pm

“The ring is not really about tech or UGA having better students than tech. The ring is just a celebration of having a wonderful academic year, and not being obsessed with tech at all, and the seniors just thought that putting 976-957 was “symbolic” of you know, the whole year.”

Excellent work. A++.

“I imagine it’s too much to hope that the loss of scholarships on North Avenue will reduce the number of sanctimonious posts here from Bug fans touting their athletes as scholars and putting UGA’s down as dumb jocks, but at least they have to know what a hollow ring their braggadocio has.”

Recently I’ve begun to think that they really don’t know. They can’t smell the **** they’re shoveling and actually believe its the truth. Its very much like a cult to be quite honest. I’m not kidding at all.

slimpickens

May 7th, 2009
3:48 pm

Who is this Tech that we speak of?

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2009
3:58 pm

I thought the equation was my A++ work of the day, to be honest.

Reality Check...

May 7th, 2009
4:26 pm

Great day when only to tech fans on our board. Hats off to UGA for the outstanding work. Now this is a reality check for all of those tech fans that just hate everything UGA. GO DAWGS!!!!!

Saint Simons

May 7th, 2009
4:38 pm

Jan kemp knew what was going on at UGA!

Hunk Erdown

May 7th, 2009
4:41 pm

I thought the equation was probably one of the best posts of the year, but it kinda takes an appreciation for “Dennis Miller” type humor… you know, intelligent.

Bulldawg

May 7th, 2009
4:55 pm

Hey Saint – that was over 20 years ago! Good grief!

Jim

May 7th, 2009
4:56 pm

We need the NATS. Without those guys folks who went to UGA wouldn’t have anybody to hire with the companies they own.

Dorsey Hill

May 7th, 2009
5:13 pm

Jim,

We need the NATS? Are you kidding? Wouldn’t you rather have something more pleasant to be reminded of than Tech when you take a leak? Without Tech I could go back to eating asparagus. As it is I have to suffer through taking a horrible smelling Tech the next morning if I do. I also have to avoid drinking lots of beer when I tailgate because of Tech. Otherwise its just Tech after Tech after Tech. I end up spending so much time taking Techs I miss half the game.

Cuz

May 7th, 2009
5:20 pm

Great posts today, everyone take a bow.

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2009
5:23 pm

Jan Kemp? That’s what you came up with? Wow.

LSU fan

May 7th, 2009
5:26 pm

Hey St. Simons. 38 to 3 on national TV in the Chicken Bowl is reality.