Brainy Broncos

I know I submitted an OBNUG FanShot just a week ago about Boise State University's Football APR (Academic Progress Rate), but it's already moved off the front page and (almost) into the archives. Since the announcement was made that Boise State ranks in the top 10 percent in NCAA FBS, however, the actual results for all schools have been made public as of June 11.

Boise State University is ranked second in the nation with an APR of 993, outscored only by Northwestern University at 996. ESPN's Brett McMurphy broke out all schools and tweeted them, according to a posting by Jason Kirk on SB Nation.

(Click for SB Nation post)

First, the good news:

Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN

Top FBS APRs: Nwern 996, Boise 993, Duke 989, Clem & Wis 985, GT 983, BC, Mizzou & OhioSt 982, Rice 979, Bama, Rutgers, Stan 978, Miami 977

1:23 PM - 11 Jun 2013 21 Retweets 3 favorites

Our lovely state of Idaho presents A Tale of Two Cities Universities. It was the best of times (Boise State), it was the worst of times (University of Idaho). Yes, Idaho's pride and joy--our own Flagship U, the self-proclaimed Harvard of the West, a.k.a. the University of Idaho--posted an APR of 919, placing it third from the bottom in the nation. In naval terminology, our state of Idaho has the target bracketed. Now, the bad news:

Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN

Bottom FBS APRs: NM St 916, UTEP 917, Idaho 919, Troy 921, UL & Tenn 924, OkSt 926, IowaSt 928, Tulsa 929, FIU 930, BYU 931

1:20 PM - 11 Jun 2013 35 Retweets 2 favorites

Continuing the maritime analogy, our state's rudderless flagship hit a reef and is going down with all hands.

As Jason points out in his post,

These schools are all in perilous territory, as the NCAA explains. "In order to compete in the 2013-14 postseason, teams must achieve a 900 multi-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years. The same standard was in place for the 2012-13 academic year. This standard will increase to a multi-year 930, which predicts to a Graduation Success Rate of approximately 50 percent, or a 940 two-year average APR for the 2014-15 postseason."

"Oh, no," the Vandal Faithful exclaim, until AD Spears points out that the University of Idaho, despite its wonderful advances in the genetic engineering of farm animals, has not yet succeeded in grafting wings onto pigs; therefore, any hope of Vandal postseason activity will be confined to watching the Broncos defeat another foe in their bowl game. "Nothing to worry about," says Spears. "No postseason games for us, anyway, so no big deal."

Seriously, folks, what happened to the ballyhooed claim of academic superiority inherent in the "tribe from the north"? Since Idaho has wasted away on the gridiron wilderness in the last couple of decades (not that it was any great shakes before then), these tribespersons have been thumping their chests in proclamation that, well, at least their academics were pretty good. Then the reality of the NCAA APR settles in.

But, for our Broncs, the future has rainbows. Congratulations to Coach Pete, his staff, his students, and the entire program for achieving this lofty goal. Makes me proud to be an alum.

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