When the NCAA announces its 2007 Academic Progress Report for Division I sports teams today, Temple football is expecting to be in good standing after being penalized nine scholarships last year for falling short of the standard.
"Nine scholarships should be reinstated for '07-08," Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said. "We are pleased."
Last year was the first that programs were sanctioned for an APR score of less than 925, a formulaic number that involves scholarship athletes on a team who remained at an institution through a school year in good academic standing, and those who stayed in school after being declared ineligible.
Most damaging to a program's APR are players who drop out while ineligible. A score of 925 represents a 60 percent graduation rate.
Temple football, which scored an 837 last year, was one of 99 Division I sports teams to lose scholarships. The NCAA asked those schools to develop academic improvement plans, and Temple complied by reorganizing its academic support system and adding staff.
Last year's APR report was based on the 2004-05 school year, though athletes can take summer classes to improve their status and that of the athletic program.
Al Golden, who inherited Temple's APR problem when he took over as football coach, dealt with it last year by maintaining a roster of 76 instead of 85. And while Temple football was unable to reach the APR cutoff number in one year's time, the program apparently has satisfied other criteria that measure its direction to regain the nine scholarships.
This year's APR report is based on the 2005-2006 school year. Temple's exact APR score this year was unavailable yesterday.
Bradshaw and Golden were traveling yesterday after spending last weekend at the Mid-American Conference meetings in Mobile, Ala. Temple will begin play in the conference this fall after going 1-11 in Golden's first season.
Golden and Bradshaw were headed to Phoenix to meet with Division I athletic directors and football coaches.