Posted: 12:23 pm Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Four Tech teams, including football, honored for APR scores 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s football, golf, women’s tennis and men’s swimming teams are among the top 10 percent in the country for their academic progress rate (APR) scores, as measured by the NCAA.

It’s the largest number of teams Tech has had honored in one year since 2011, when four teams received recognition for their APR scores, which measure eligibility, retention and graduation. The record is five, in 2010 (baseball, men’s cross country, golf, women’s cross country, volleyball).

It is the ninth consecutive year that golf coach Bruce Heppler’s  team has received the honor. The team has earned recognition every year that the NCAA has honored teams for their APR scores. In fact, the team has had a perfect 1,000 score since the NCAA began monitoring APR in the 2003-04 academic year.  Earlier this week, the Yellow Jackets received a No. 1 seed in the Raleigh, N.C., NCAA regional.

Coach Paul Johnson’s football team received recognition for the second year in a row by matching its 983 score from a year ago. The scores are a four-year rolling average. This year’s scores count the 2009-10 academic year through the 2012-13 year.

Johnson’s team went to a bowl game for the 17th consecutive season in December.

The women’s tennis and men’s swimming teams were honored for the first time. For the women’s tennis team, the four-year span covers former coach Bryan Shelton’s final three years and coach Rodney Harmon’s first season. The tennis team, ranked No. 20 in the country, plays a first-round NCAA tournament match against Purdue Friday, its 15th consecutive NCAA appearance.

Swimming coach Courtney Shealy Hart began coaching at Tech in the 2009-10 season. The team scored at the NCAA championships this March for the first time since 2010.

40 comments
HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

AJC, just stop at "four teams honored".   No need to sarcastically add in the including football phrase.  (Hey, you take swipe at us, we slap back.)

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

2 assistants in less than a week?!?

No explanation for either departure!

As the great Vince Lombardi once said........"What the hells going on out there"!!


Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

The Tech student-athletes are working toward real college degrees, not those worthless pieces of sheepskin the UGA goons are looking at.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

What the hell is going on on The Flats?  Now Matt Griffin, hired last year as recruiter and director of player personnel, has left the staff?  Like with Walkosky, no explanation was given.

mwbatl
mwbatl

We MANAGE this state!!

juvenal
juvenal

love the APR..........only query the crucial call sucess %.......& not adapting to fit personnel, if the choices are limited because of academics.......

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

BUT BUT BUT..........................CPJ doesn't win enough!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great job JACKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

Way to go Coaches and Students! Making Bobby proud :)

POAD2014
POAD2014

I love that The INSTITUTE has some real Student Athletes. Keep up the great work Coaches and Students.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt  I'm not all that surprised by the fact that a low-level recruiter would be here for a relatively short time.   The industry in general seems to have high turnover.   Walkosky's was a bit curious given the unusual timing.   

GTBob
GTBob

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt  Not many know the reasons for either of them leaving but both appeared to be personal choices and both appeared to not be related at all according to people who know why.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt  

I have the same questions.  That's not a good sign.  I wouldn't expect salary and $ to be an issue, in such a short amount of time.

Do you think these guys just had personality conflicts with Johnson?  

I didn't give too much thought to Al Groh's non flattering comments about the poor chemistry and personnel conflicts within the organization when he was fired.  But coaching turnover like this makes you wonder if there was some truth to it.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

LOL... That's right.  If you can't beat the big boys in your conference or UGA, at least graduate your players!

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket  If Walkosky had personality conflicts with Johnson then why did he sign a contract extension just a month ago?

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

@Birmingham__Jacket  You guys sure did enjoy "giving the business" to a 30+ year career coach --- a Lifer in the coaching community. Well respected man within the industry. 

Sure, He blew the whistle on the state of the program under PJ. Can't say I blame him. Why go out laying down when your boss is berading you, making you the scapegoat? 

Al Groh did the best he could do......considering the circumstances.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket  To a lot of people, graduating your players is the absolute most important job of the coaches and the Institution. CPJ has done a great job turning the program around in that respect.

gt-40
gt-40

@POAD2014


I am of the opinion that very few big time players could get a real degree, alas this is life we have chosen..

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Birmingham__Jacket  has been in the State of Football where WINNING and CHEATINGS is all that matters too long. He has been inhaling too much SEC S..t and now his brain has been affected, like a kid growing up in a house that has a METH Lab in the basement. His brain has too much Toxic SEC poison for him to be saved.

Take this article and maybe it can start to force the toxins out of your brain.

http://georgiatech.blog.ajc.com/2014/05/08/draft-update-will-jackson/


JacketMan1 hour ago

Kids coming out of high school should be made aware that there are only 53 players per NFL Team (only 46 can dress out per game), and there are only 32 teams in the NFL. This means at any given time, only 1,696 players, out of every player in the world; coming out of every high school, and every college, and those who have been in the NFL for years, are on the roster at one time. Granted many players may get drafted, but actually making the roster, are two different things entirely.

Now take into consideration that approximately 234 players get drafted EVERY year (some supplemental picks make that number vary) that each player competes with, along with existing players on current rosters, free agents, and players on teams outside the NFL, like those playing in the CFL, then the odds of making an NFL roster are extremely small unless you are the elite of the elite, you avoid injury, and have no "red flags," like drug or disciplinary problems.

This is precisely why the team you choose to play for may seem important, but getting your degree is CRITICAL. It turns out that your college degree has a much higher probably of success in life, and where you get the degree helps determine what type of job you'll get, and what your potential income will be for the rest of your life.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Birmingham__Jacket Save your money, spending thousands hasn't made you much of a fan. No offense BHM jacket but you sound like Banning to me. I guess i think being a fan means you support no matter the circumstances. Guess i be wrong.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@gtcaryd

A "troll" that has spent thou$ands on season tickets for over a decade, and attends most home games and lots of away + post season.

Thanks for the nice words.  

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Birmingham__Jacket  No. Not winning at all costs. That will NEVER happen at GT. Nor should it.


Agreed.


But when you say we have "struck a balance", does that mean you're content losing to VT, Miami and UGA every year (we are). 


No, it doesn't.  In general, we have been competitive in those games, however, and sooner or later the breaks will fall our way.  


Won't get to many ACCGs or BCS Bowls that way, man.


CPJ has reached the ACCCG 33% of the time.


That's OK if you feel that way. Some folks do. But I don't think the vast majority do, nor does Bobinski.


If you run any organization based on what the "masses feel," then you are runing an organization doomed to fail.  Logic and reason should always trump emotion.


Also, not graduating from GT does not sentence someone to a life of ignorance and poverty. Geeez. Over half of all freshman who start at GT don't graduate! Do you think they're all unemployed or struggling to make ends meet?


As a non-GT graduate, I concur.  Why you bring this up is a mystery as it has nothing to do with what we are talking about.


I'm hopeful the "looser leash" will allow Johnson to recruit players to make us better than 7-5. That's all.


Of course allowing more special admits will help.  But I am prouder of the fact that CPJ puts so much focus on academics.  I always laugh at people who say CPJ mistreats his players.  Anyone who puts this much focus on their future definitely has their best interests at heart.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@BigCrimson75 @GTBob  "" I have no interest in supporting a team that is basically full of temporary hired mercenaries that we will throw away when we are done with them without a care in the world if their lives are ruined in the process."

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In other words, FSU last year?"

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Or Bama every year...

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

No. Not winning at all costs. That will NEVER happen at GT. Nor should it.

But when you say we have "struck a balance", does that mean you're content losing to VT, Miami and UGA every year (we are). Won't get to many ACCGs or BCS Bowls that way, man.

That's OK if you feel that way. Some folks do. But I don't think the vast majority do, nor does Bobinski.

Also, not graduating from GT does not sentence someone to a life of ignorance and poverty. Geeez. Over half of all freshman who start at GT don't graduate! Do you think they're all unemployed or struggling to make ends meet?

I'm hopeful the "looser leash" will allow Johnson to recruit players to make us better than 7-5. That's all.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Birmingham__Jacket  "There should be a balance between winning with mercenaries, and losing with smart players, some of whom should be playing FCS"

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As we haven't had a losing season yet under CPJ, I would say he has struck a balance there.  What you really mean is you would rather see more winning at all costs and less interest in whether or not a student is prepared academically for life. 

juvenal
juvenal

i admire your optimism......you think this coach can't miss opportunities with better players?

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

There should be a balance between winning with mercenaries, and losing with smart players, some of whom should be playing FCS. Just my opinion that we need a few more mercenaries that need lots of tutoring to pass.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

@GTBob @BigCrimson75

" I have no interest in supporting a team that is basically full of temporary hired mercenaries that we will throw away when we are done with them without a care in the world if their lives are ruined in the process."

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In other words, FSU last year?

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket That makes no sense at all. The point isn't that we should get the best academic minds in the country and throw football uniforms on them. The point is that we should be doing everything possible to make sure these kids succeed off the field as much as we do on the field. If they aren't succeeding academically and we are winning football games, we are still a poor program.

GTBob
GTBob

@BigCrimson75 I feel better losing with kids who are trying their hardest in the classroom and on the field then I would winning with kids flunking out of school and getting in trouble frequently. I have no interest in supporting a team that is basically full of temporary hired mercenaries that we will throw away when we are done with them without a care in the world if their lives are ruined in the process.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@BigCrimson75 @GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket  I do.  I know several who do personally.  Just because Bama fans could care less that there is a university attached to the football team doesn't mean it works that way everywhere else. 

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@BigCrimson75

LOL... Graduating players is a noteworthy accomplishment.

But you are correct.

If graduating players were the primary objective of our football program, it stands to reason that our roster would be full of Presidential Scholars and members of elite academic organizations, and Dean's list doesn't it?

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket  What people? Not 1 person who attends a GT football game on Saturdays feels better following a loss knowing the players are graduating-------not 1.


Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I agree.  Graduating players is important.  But so is winning.  Just ask Chan Gailey.