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SEC 4th In APR Among Major Conferences

When it comes to the NCAA’s academic progress reports, the SEC does pretty well.  Not as well as the two leagues expected to rank on top, but pretty well overall.

According to recently released APR numbers, the SEC trails the ACC, Big Ten and the Mountain West in terms of average APR per football team.

Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com has more on the topic here, including a look at the 10 best and 10 worst coaches according to APR numbers (none are from the SEC).

Below is the average APR number for football programs broken down by conference:


Rank
Conference
Avg. APR # of Programs
1
ACC
961.7
2
Big Ten
959.4
3
Mountain West
954.0
4
SEC
947.1
5
Big East
942.9
6
MAC
940.0
7
WAC
939.3
8
Pac-12
938.8
9
Big 12
937.6
10
Sun Belt
937.4
11
Conference USA
932.5



For all the heat the SEC takes over academics and roster turnover, this year’s numbers are a pleasant surprise.  So take that, Pac-12.  You too, Texas.  For an Ivy League wannabe the Longhorns sure seem to be slummin’ it in the Big 12.  (And, yes, we realize this is an over-the-top reaction to one year’s worth of data… just having some fun, folks.)

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NCAA Expert Palm Rips SEC West, Auburn

How bad is the SEC West in basketball?  Pretty darn bad.  Just ask NCAA basketball guru Jerry Palm… as Paul Finebaum did yesterday on his radio show:

“When you look at the West, that’s an unmitigated disaster.  There isn’t one good team in the West… Mississippi is remotely competent, but if that division was a league unto itself it would rank below the Ivy League in the college RPI rankings.”

Ouch.  But Palm also took aim on Auburn specifically.

“Auburn might be the worst team ever in a major conference.  Or at least in the last generation in a major conference, not just the SEC.”

Where have ya gone, Charles Barkley?  (We know, Vegas.)

“This is my 19th year that I’ve been tracking the RPI and when you look at the big six conferences, Auburn has a chance to be the worst team in the RPI probably by 40 or 50 spots over the last 20 years from a major conference.  That’s how bad they are.  They are dreadful.  The numbers don’t lie.”

Actually, they might.  Palm says Ole Miss is “remotely competent.”  But on the hardwood they’re a miserable 1-4 in league play.

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