Kentucky’s academic performance puts lie to criticism

John Calipari - photo by Walter Cornett |
John Calipari – photo by Walter Cornett |

There are some lies in sports that are kept rather busy, but the one that seems to hang around college basketball most persistently is this: that is employing a band of athletes who only need to pass a few fall credits and then don’t even have to go to class in the spring.


It’s been false since ’s first season on the job in 2009-10, and it’s remained false every year since. How do we know? basketball’s score under the ’s Academic Progress Rate measurement is a perfect 1,000 for the 2012-13 academic year and 989 on a multiyear basis.

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