Hotline newsletter: Data from the classroom, Utah on track, NBA Draft success and more

*** The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published twice a week. (Sign up here for a free subscription.) This edition, from Nov. 20, has been made available in archived form and was updated on the morning of the 11th.

ABCs of the GSR

The Hotline attempts to cover all aspects of the Pac-12. Over many months, we’ve addressed play on the field and court, virus testing and safety protocols, state and county health restrictions, officiating and NCAA legislation, recruiting and scheduling, conference furloughs and bonuses, media rights and TV ratings, presidential leadership and commissioner contracts, head trauma and mental health, NCAA investigations and federal legislation, budgets matters and revenue gaps, athletic department subsidies, coaching hires and player rights.

Are there any other topics related to college sports and student-athletes that might be worthy of mention?

I can think of one …

Earlier this week, the NCAA released the 2020 Graduation Success Rates (GSR), one of the key measures of academic performance across all of college athletics.

Unlike the better-known Academic Progress Rate, which tracks real-time retention and eligibility, the GSR carry no penalty for poor performance — aside from the wrath of the faculty.

But unlike the federal graduation rates, the GSR take transfers into account: The originating school isn’t downgraded for losing a player.

Notes on the following data:

* Athletes are allowed six years to graduate from the time of enrollment.

• Players who enter the NFL and NBA drafts without degrees and don’t return to graduate (within six years) are counted against the school for which they last played.

• Scores listed here are the most-recent four-year averages, covering athletes who entered school from 2010-13.

• In our view, the multi-year scores provide a better assessment of a school’s performance than single-year scores.

*** Football

Utah: 92
Stanford: 90
Washington: 88
Colorado: 86
USC: 82
Washington State: 82
Cal: 80
UCLA: 79
Arizona: 78
Oregon: 78
Arizona State: 75
Oregon State 75

*** Men’s basketball

Arizona State: 100
Stanford: 100
Utah: 100
Washington Stat: 100
Cal: 86
Colorado: 83
Arizona: 78
Washington: 78
USC: 75
Oregon State: 70
UCLA: 43
Oregon: 29

UCLA and Oregon have the lowest basketball GSR scores in the Power Five, and it’s not really close.

For more on the GSR, here’s the NCAA’s overview of its methodology and the searchable database. — Jon Wilner.

Hot off the Hotline

• The top story of the week — at least, the first half of the week — was the agreement among athletic directors to schedule non-conference games as a means of filling vacancies for teams that have the roster strength to play but are without an Pac-12 opponent.

• Two days later, the presidents signed off on the reversal, although smart parameters were attached.

• Now that non-conference games are allowed, the obvious opponent for several teams is BYU. Except the Cougars bring complications on the health-and-safety front.

• The Hotline’s first in-season look at the bowl picture was revealed Wednesday, with a reminder that the Pac-12 has set a higher bar for eligibility than the rest of college football.

• Week Three is vital for the conference’s top playoff contenders, Oregon and USC, who need to not only win but impress the selection committee in advance of …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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