Cal had its second-worst showing in the APR that was released today by the NCAA. The Bears’ multi-year APR came in at 949. Only the 945 the program registered in 2004-05 — the first year of the APR — has been worse for the Bears.
Also, Cal’s APR this year put it just in the 50th-60th percentile among football programs across the country. That is the Bears’ worst performance in terms of percentile. The 945 in 2004-05 was good for the 60th-70th percentile.
Cal’s score this year puts the program sixth in the Pac-10, in the last year of the conference. Stanford is first at 977, followed by Oregon State (959), UCLA (956), USC (952), Arizona (951), Cal, Washington (946), Oregon (941), Arizona State (940) and Washington State (925).
The APR is calculated based on eligibility and the retention of players. The APR is based on an average over the previous four years, with this year’s report ending with the 2009-10 academic year. The Bears may have been hurt by early defections in recent years by players such as Marshawn Lynch, DeSean Jackson, Cameron Morrah and Jahvid Best. But obviously there are schools all around the conference and country that have players leave early for the pros.
For Cal’s complete report, including all of its sports, click here.
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