Nick Saban is justifiably proud of Alabama’s improved APR numbers.
Earlier this week the NCAA released its annual grades known as “Academic Progress Rates,” a rolling four-year measure of Division I athletes’ basic progress toward graduation.
The Crimson Tide football team received a 955 score, placing it in the top 20 to 30 percent of Division I.
Seven teams at three schools in Alabama were hit with penalties: Auburn men’s basketball, swimming and track; UAB football and men’s basketball; and Jacksonville State football and men’s basketball.
Does that mean Saban and Alabama are recruiting better students? Or does it mean the Alabama athletic department — with its multimillion dollar state-of-the-art academic center — has simply become better at buying academic progress for its athletes?