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? 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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May 7th, 2009
5:50 pm

Who really cares what your daughter made of her test? She must be really special to make a 91. You should put a gold star beside her name and take her out for ice cream.

Bill King

May 7th, 2009
6:00 pm

Yeah, that was the real point of the blog. You really zeroed in on it. Congratulations.

And yes, she is special.

West Coast Reader

May 7th, 2009
6:08 pm

UGA, GaTech, Stanford, Vandy, Duke, UW, etc. all have majors for their ball players. With the demands made on the players: school, practice, winter workouts, spring workouts, they receive help with tutors, student aides, etc.
For Tech fans to come out and be “uppity” about their superior academics just does not fly for the athletes.
Next time you are watching a game on ESPN and they show majors check them out. Not all of Notre Dames players are majoring in philosohy. Not all of Stanford’s are majoring computer science.
Tech and UGA are excellent schools where students can do incredible research and studies, but Tech fans cut out the “holier than thou” crap.

K-Town Dawg

May 7th, 2009
6:12 pm

Saint Simons,

where did you go to school?


May 7th, 2009
6:13 pm

Gawd ahm proud a our dAwgs. Makes mee no ma deegree is wurth mor. GOOODAwGZZZ WhOOOOHOOO


May 7th, 2009
6:49 pm

Lets hope nothing serious with the suspensions. Wilson and Figgins don’t really bother me but Houston could be an issue. I’m assuming its minor and will miss a game. Certainly has been quite in Athens lately, sportswise. Enough about the playground academic arguement, lets focus on the other issues.


May 7th, 2009
6:59 pm

KNelson, haven’t seen you in a couple of days, sport. I can understand dodging the folks that directly called you out, but I figured you would be in here today to tell us how TN NEVER had a single football player fail to graduate as UGA ALWAYS does.


May 7th, 2009
7:15 pm

We at the Tech are vastly superior in every way. If you don’t beleive me you can get out of my convenience store NOW!!

“I’m a ramblin wreck from Ga Tech and a hell of an injun queer” (the dot kind, not the feather kind)


May 7th, 2009
7:15 pm

I reeeealy want to jump all over TeeBow panties story, but somehow I don’t think that potty humor using QB names is a very wise path to take.


May 7th, 2009
7:25 pm

Anyone asking who Pulpwood is, is not a Dog……..He smoked the
Tide on two great 55 yard TD runs about 25 years ago…….In the famed Legion Field.


May 7th, 2009
7:35 pm

Anyone who refers to UGA fans as a Dog, ..never mind. The joke was Plupwood anyway.

bank walker

May 7th, 2009
7:47 pm

Bill, don’t pay any attention to that idiot. That’s great your daughter done well on her test. I’m sure you are really proud! Congrats Dawgs!!


May 7th, 2009
7:59 pm

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May 7th, 2009
8:01 pm

I actually am about to graduate from Georgia and go to law school. There are classes like ‘basketball 101′ at every school. Only 1 hour out of 120 needed for graduation can come from such classes for most students.

pensacola dawg

May 7th, 2009
8:11 pm

I wonder how many core courses Derrick favors will take during his 2 semisters at Geekdome.


May 7th, 2009
8:43 pm


I like your formula! 1/8… that is pricess.

Fools Gold

May 7th, 2009
8:48 pm

Maybe mutt fans should take a course in the understanding of being overrated in football and baseball with an emphasis on overcoming disillusionment.

Frank Rizzo

May 7th, 2009
10:26 pm

This is great…a buncha trailer trash with probably a collective 9th grade education arguing about the academics of two schools they would be admitted to if only they were insane asylums. I can say one thing…there’s a lot of difference between the courses these players are taking. I guarantee you they are much harder at Tech.

Boss Hogg

May 7th, 2009
10:55 pm

Pulpwood is Andre “Pulpwood” Smith, a tailback from Coffee County who stayed at UGA for 4 quarters & never exited remedial studies. BTW, UGA fans, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Rebel Rouser

May 7th, 2009
11:42 pm

Hey Rizzo, You guaranteeing that the courses are harder at Tech is like Reggie Ball stating that he is the best quarterback in the country!But hey…. anybody with a name like Frank Rizzo has never been wrong about anything…if you don’t believe it …just ask him…cause he graduated from Tech. Beware of the beat down Tech will receive in Atlanta this season….cause its going to happen…you can take it to the bank!

Mr. Skynyrd

May 8th, 2009
7:24 am

The kids who play D1 football and basketball are not representative of the student populations of major schools. Everyone knows that.

Since the bloggers on here most likely never played a down of D1 football or a minute of D1 basketball, it’s irrelevant. What the athletes do or don’t do academically is of no consequence to the vast majority of alumni.

Here’s what matters:

According to the Wall Street Journal, the value of a Georgia Tech degree is about 32% higher than a UGA degree at the start of your career, about 23% more later in your career.

So ask yourself, which school would you rather have a degree from? Which school would you rather your kid have a degree from?

Thought so.

Altamaha – that was pretty good though, I gotta admit that.

Frank Rizzo

May 8th, 2009
8:03 am

Mr. Skynyrd…don’t ever confuse these people with facts. Their brains will explode.


May 8th, 2009
8:34 am

Did Odell finally graduate?

Saint Simons

May 8th, 2009
10:24 am

3 players suspended for violating team rules! haha i didn’t no uga had team rules!!! UGA = THUGS

Rick G - FOTR

May 9th, 2009
11:53 am

Hang on, hang on… with the comments about Vandy!!! I was a big fan of their Chemistry Department in the 70’s. Now that’s a SCORE!!


May 9th, 2009
10:53 pm

Mr. Skynyrd

Anytime you want to compare financial portfolio’s just let me know.

Thought so…


May 12th, 2009
6:24 pm

And I’ll bet Sugar Hill Dawg a case of PBR and Red man that we win again tonight. I love it. I mean I really love it. I love everything about shutting Georgia down and Georgia fans UP!