IU men's basketball coach Tom Crean addressed Indiana's improved Academic Progress Rate numbers during an interview Sunday. The Hoosiers had a four-year APR average of 878. For 2008-09, the program posted a single-year APR of 975, the best in the program's history. This is the sixth year of APR.
This past year, the men's basketball team posted a 3.06 GPA in the fall and a 3.16 GPA during the spring. No player has less than a 2.9 GPA.
"We're not messing around," Crean said. "You're there for an education. You're there to make sure you go to class. You're there to do the very best you can do. It doesn't mean you're going to be great. It means you're going to do the best that you can do. That's what we expect out of these guys. They're at a major league institution and they're going to school with other fantastic students and we want them to hold their own in every one of those classes. We're not even remotely interested in anybody getting by. We have some young men who have been raised very well and who have been brought up to understand what academics are all about and how to combine them. We want to continue to see that grow. We were obviously in a very deep hole when we got there the first year academically. We were still paying for the sins of that last year. Every year we get a little closer to getting this number back where it's got to be so we're not going to have any penalties."