Say what you want about John Calipari's team's grade-point average this past season (after all, he admitted he would have liked it to have been better in a coachcal.com post), but the guy has one glaring positive that no one is talking about.
That is until John Clay wrote about it in Wednesday's Lexington Herald-Leader.
Of the 12 coaches currently employed in the Southeastern Conference, Calipari owns the third-highest Academic Progress Rate in the latest figures released by the NCAA. The figures are based on where each of the current SEC coaches were employed in the 2008-09 academic year, the final year of the most recent four-year span the APR measures.
Calipari's score of 974 ranks third behind Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings (980) and Anthony Grant (975). Calipari's score is taken from his tenure in Memphis.
The NCAA target score for each sport is 925. For the sixth straight year, all 22 of UK's sports teams surpassed the NCAA target score and 13 of the 22 squads exceeded or tied the national average for public universities.
Below is a list of the top six scores by coaches in the latest APR numbers:
980 Kevin Stalling, Vanderbilt
975 Anthony Grant, Alabama*
974 John Calipari, Kentucky*
956 Billy Donovan, Florida
938 Mark Fox, Georgia*
935 Bruce Pearl, Tennessee
*Score accumulated while coaching at another school during 2008-09 season.
- And if you haven't seen the delicious menu that will be served at the upcoming dinner that was auctioned off as a part of the Hoops for Haiti fundraiser with Ashley Judd and Calipari, check it out here. If someone could please find a way to snag me a to-go box, I'd much appreciate it.