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This year’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) report is out, and it spelled bad news for UT Martin, who will face a practice restriction due to it’s low number. With the standards getting a bit tougher again next year, how will the OVC likely fare?

Actually, it looks like they’ll be pretty good. First, here are this year’s numbers. As a note, 2012-13 is the latest year used in calculating the four-year APR.

School2012-13 APRMulti-Year APR
Austin Peay981941
Eastern Illinois848931
Eastern Kentucky1000990
Jacksonville State977956
Morehead State940932
Murray State961961
Southeast Missouri927930
Tennessee State942924
Tennessee Tech865961
UT Martin942920

Unlike this season, where a good two-year APR could save a team with a sub-930 multi-year score, starting next season a team must have a 930 multi-year average, with three exceptions: Austin Peay, Morehead State, and Tennessee State are “limited-resource” schools, and only need a 920 score next season, although they’ll have to match the 930 score in two year’s time.

Using previous scores, I calculated what each team needs this following year to stay APR eligible. It should be noted, these numbers are estimations. Due to adjustments over the years, which aren’t reported by the NCAA, the actual number could be a few points different. Of especially note: Eastern Illinois and UT Martin, which appear to have had a major adjustment over the past four years. Without knowing exactly where that adjustment took place, we’re using a likely average given the data we have.

School# needed for meet APR standard
Austin Peay832*
Eastern Illinois939
Eastern Kentucky778
Jacksonville State865
Morehead State904*
Murray State835
Southeast Missouri915
Tennessee State819*
Tennessee Tech834
UT Martin887
*920 average needed

Even though UT Martin faces a penalty this year, a terrible 857 score will fall off, and they’re in pretty good shape for next season. Eastern Illinois, which will have an 848 in their average for the next three seasons, are in the most risk, but it appears they’ll be fine if they can keep their scores above 930 for each of the next three years.

According to the NCAA, a 930 means at least 50% of players are on path to graduate.

TL:DR – The OVC is in great shape APR wise.

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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24