Bracketology: Academic Progress Rate [Infographic]


Earlier this week, the NCAA released their annual report on the Academic Progress Rate among all Division I universities. The team over at Marketplace put together this infographic to highlight the top 16 performing football schools in terms of Academic Progress Rate.

Of the top sixteen schools, only Duke, Wisconsin, Stanford, and Clemson play football in one of the BCS conferences. Twelve schoold were penalized by the NCAA with ten of the schools receiving bowl bans. Among the ten schools were seven HBCUs. The NCAA has come under significant criticism for the way they calculate a school’s Academic Progress Rate (APR).

The NCAA provides an explanation of how the APR is calculated:

The Association holds Division I institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the Academic Progress Rate, a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term.

The Committee on Academic Performance oversees the Academic Performance Program, which sets policies and recommends legislative changes to the Board of Directors, which has the final say on rules changes in Division I.

Beginning with 2012-13 championships, teams must earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate. For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.

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Infographic: 2014-2018 NCAA Championship Sites

In December, the NCAA released dates and locations for the 2014-2018 NCAA Championships and Regional events. Division I men’s basketball and women’s basketball were either excluded or only partially included as those host sites are determined at different times.

Along with the host sites, the NCAA published an infographic that outlined the bid process for prospective hosts. In total, 1,984 bid applications were submitted from which 523 sites were award a regional or championship. Kansas City, MO will host 14 championship events, more than any other city. Louisville, KY and Salem, VA were close behind, each hosting 13 championship events.

The full infographic is below. Happy March Madness!

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Infographic: Online and Mobile Gaming

A recent study has found that there has been a dramatic increase in mobile gaming. JackpotCity iphone casino games has provided an infographic to highlight the increase in online gaming in recent years as well as a forecast for 2014. The number of mobile users accessing gaming sites has soared in recent years, mainly due to the continually improving technological developments of smartphones and tablets. Click on the infographic below to expand.


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Infographic: The Cleveland Browns Want You To Know That Josh Gordon Set A Ton of Franchise Records

Unless you’re one of the lucky ones to have him on your roster, your fantasy football team has probably been burned by Josh Gordon at least once this season. Despite a carousel of quarterbacks throughout the season, Josh Gordon is having one of the best seasons ever for a wide receiver and the Cleveland Browns want you to know it.

The infographic that was included in the tweet is too big to be properly embedded, so we’ve included it below. Side note: Alshon Jeffery is having a pretty good season too.

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Infographic: The 2013 ING New York City Marathon

45,000-48,000 runners will cross the finish line in Central Park on Sunday.

ESPN the Magazine put together an incredible infographic on the ING New York City Marathon with data provided by the New York Road Runners. This year’s marathon has taken on extra importance for runners around the world after last year’s race cancellation due to Superstorm Sandy and the bombings at the Boston Marathon earlier this year.

This year’s race also marks the end of ING’s race sponsorship. Tata Consultancy Services will take over the title sponsorship in 2014.

Let’s take a look at some of these staggering numbers:

  • 45,000-48,000 expected finishers
  • 663 pounds of Dunkin Donuts coffee consumed
  • A third of all runners are between the ages of 40 and 49
  • More runners cross the Atlantic Ocean from five different countries than make the shorter trip south from Canada
  • $50 Million raised for Fred’s Team since 1995
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