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Low APR costs Arkansas basketball scholarship, factor in Pelphrey’s firing

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas men’s basketball team will lose one scholarship next season as punishment for having a low score in the NCAA’s latest Academic Progress Report. The Razorbacks posted an APR score of 892 for a four-year period, well below the NCAA’s benchmark of 925.

Athletic director Jeff Long says he anticipated the punishment, announced Tuesday. He says the poor academic standing played a factor in his decision to fire John Pelphrey after four seasons as coach. Long says he informed new coach Mike Anderson of the APR issues during the hiring process.

Long said Arkansas will likely be without the basketball scholarship during the 2012-13 season. The Razorbacks could have lost four hours of weekly practice time, but the NCAA decided against that following an appeal by Arkansas in April.

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  1. Jim

    I would think post season success would trump any loss of a few schollies from time to time. Yes, they are going to make it a point of emphasis, but go deep in the tourney, and all is forgiven. Pelphrey did not get the job done at Arkansas. I was suprised he lasted as long as he did. Just think if he put that product on the floor at UK? He wouldn’t be one ot the favorite sons for very long.

  2. David Decatur AL

    Pelphrey had many many players he had to kick off his team from the Heath era which did not help APR ratings.

    1. gmoyers

      Just hard to believe still it did not work better for Pelphrey. I thought he would do great

  3. Jim

    I believe some of the guys he sent packing were his own recruits.

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