As the NCAA moves closer to tougher enforcement of APR for postseason play, the vast majority of OVC programs are doing quite well. Every OVC team currently meets the new standards: a 930 four-year average. (910 for Tennessee State, and Austin Peay for being “limited resource” schools)
These numbers are through the 2011-12 season.
|2011-12 APR||Current Four-Year Average||Current Two-Year Average|
While every team currently meets their APR standard, there are a few teams close to the line, meaning their performance in the next few years to come will be especially important. (Although, with just a four-year rolling average, every year is important)
Eastern Kentucky is one school in need of a big year. Both their last two years have been below 920. Thankfully, their third year is a 956, meaning a 929 next year will keep their four-year average above 930.
Southeast Missouri’s lowest number the last four-years is falling off their average next year. They need a 914 to keep their four-year average above 930.
UT Martin is in a slightly weaker position: The Skyhawks need a 939 to maintain a 930 four-year average next season.
The numbers for next year’s new rules, and to qualify for next year’s postseason are 2012-13 numbers, meaning the APR from this past season.
Unlike basketball numbers, football numbers tend to be less volatile due to the increased number of players on the roster. You’re much less likely to have a one-season APR number drop much below 910, but also less likely to have a number much above 950.
Overall, though, the OVC is in solid position to keep every football team postseason eligible when tougher standards come into play.
Austin Peay and Tennessee State have easier standards due to their Athletic Spending. Schools in the bottom 15% are noted as “limited resource” schools by the NCAA, and are currently being allowed a lower APR standard for postseason play.