Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sun Devils outperform Wildcats in the classroom, too.

Mike Stoops had some choice words for ASU's academic record, mainly because he was pissed off about key verbal commitments jumping ship due to poor on field performance and signing with the Devils (Barbour, Robinson)
"Each school has to recruit to that school and what type of academic requirements there are. Obviously, Arizona State has turned into a J.C. and we are a four-year college. According to all the players, they say it is easier to go to school there, easier to get in. I thought we had the same requirements. It is news to me." - Mike Stoops
These comments were obviously a knee jerk reaction, which he later apologized for. Nonetheless it just adds to his legend. The NCAA 2006-2007 APR (Academic Performance Rankings) which were officially released on May 2nd, tell a much different story (full reports: ASU, U of A). By my calculation, out of the 20 sports that each school shares in common, ASU had a higher APR in 16 of them. Arizona possessed a higher APR in Men's Basketball (at least they beat us off the court) and swimming, and Women's gymnastics and soccer. To top it all off, here's how the football teams of the Pac-10 stacked up against one another (you can guess where this is going).


Stanford 986
California 967
Washington 948
USC 948
UCLA 941
Arizona State 933
Oregon State 926
Oregon 921
Washington State 916
Arizona 902
Not bad for a junior college. To get up to speed on the issue, Dan Zeiger from the East Valley Tribune explains what these numbers all mean.

There's still no word on if the Scholar Baller program will expand to Tucson anytime soon.

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