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.   

77 comments Add your comment

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.

HawkDawg

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?

Gooberdawg

May 7th, 2009
6:13 pm

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

MiltonDawg

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.

AltamahaDawg

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.

Muhstafa

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)

AltamahaDawg

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.

Ringleader

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.

AltamahaDawg

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!!

michael

May 7th, 2009
7:59 pm

Enter your comments here

michael

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.

I-DOG

May 7th, 2009
8:43 pm

Altamaha:

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:

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-Salaries_for_Colleges_by_Type-sort.html

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.

Snoop

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!!

Dawg1

May 9th, 2009
10:53 pm

Mr. Skynyrd

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

Thought so…

BUZZ

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!