NCAA Division I Academic Progress On The Rise

June 10, 2010

Academic Progress Rates (APR), that are based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete, are up 3 points from 2009. The top possible APR score is 1,000 and if teams score below 925 they can face stiff penalties.

Something that catches my attention is that more than, “7,000 student-athletes have returned to campus and earned their degrees in the past six years.” That’s a big number and means these student-athlete’s haven’t given up on their all important education. Interestingly, almost half of these student-athletes participated in men’s football, baseball and basketball.

The NCAA says the policy adjustments over the years can be attributed to the improved academic results including:

  • Stringent progress-toward-degree requirements for current student-athletes
  • Increased core-course requirements for incoming student-athletes

In my opinion, and this is detailed in my book Student Athlete 101, the key to academic success for student-athletes is instilling the importance of delivering in the classroom from day one one campus. For me, it was always a matter of perspective. The classroom became the track that I competed on and I didn’t want to lose. It became a competition to kick butt each semester as I realized that my education would play a major role in my life and career. So for all of you student-athletes reading this, take that same energy and focus you use in your respective sport and apply it to the books. Win at all costs. Except cheating of course.

To read the full article on NCAA Division I academic progress click HERE.

(note: some information in this post originated in above article)


Antonio Neves Interviewed on The Jack & Tom Show

May 24, 2010

Great news. On Saturday I was interviewed on The Jack & Tom Show. It was my first radio interview for Student Athlete 101 and it went fantastic. Beyond getting to spread the word about the book, it was awesome to have my first radio interview on a Michigan based station. Those are the roots and I’m proud to say I’m a Michigander…living in New York City.

You can listen to the full interview HERE. Big thanks to Jack & Tom and WILS 1320.

Some NCAA News

May 20, 2010

Some diverse news coming from the NCAA this week:

First, for all you college football fans, I love college football, the 2010 NCAA Divsion II football television schedule was announced. It’s exciting to check out all of the big matchups and even more exciting that they’ll be broadcast on the CBS College Sports Network. The 2010 football schedule will open Thursday, September 2, with West Texas A&M visiting Grand Valley State.

Second, NCAA men’s basketball attendance for the 2009-10 season surpassed 32 million. This number is ridiculous. But get this, that’s only the 4th highest told in history. The record: 33,396,316 set during the 2007-08 season.

Third, the NCAA’s Academic Performance Program recognized more than 800 Division I sports teams for awesome work in the classroom. NCAA Interim President Jim Isch said:

“Most Division I student-athletes and teams take seriously their dual responsibilities in the classroom and on the court or field of play, but every year there is a special category of teams that perform exceptionally well and deserve this noteworthy recognition.”

Lastly, the NCAA Student-Athlete Race/Ethnicity Report shows that while whites compose more than three-fourths of participants in all NCAA sports, African Americans compose a larger percentage of the remainder today than a decade ago. An example from the report:

In football, black student-athletes accounted for almost 34 percent of the players in 2008-09. That’s well above the percentage in 1999-2000 (28.1 percent) but fairly steady over the last four years. Whites, meanwhile, have gone from 63.1 percent in 1999-2000 to 58.8 percent in 2008-09.

So there’s a little NCAA update for you from the good folks at Student Athlete 101. Thank you

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