Here’s A Good Way To Improve The APR

You might recall during training camp that USC coach Lane Kiffin said he was not disappointed with the football program being ranked ninth in the Pac-12 in its Academic Progres Rate score.

But Kiffin announced this week that he gave scholarships to four walk-ons: Kyle Yatabe, John Auran, John Akiba and Cody Skene. Kiffin also said they would graduate this semester.

That means they will all count toward USC’s next APR score. That’s one way to improve it.

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  • gotroy22

    Love Lane’s cynicism.

    • Ben Factor

      Kiffin’s remark may sound cynical, but keep in mind that it was Kiffin who hired, and has retained John Baxter.

      “The USC associate head coach/special teams coordinator/tight ends coach is the author of new book “I Hate School: How a College Football Coach
      Has Inspired Students to Value Education and Become Lifelong Learners”. Baxter’s labor of love began as a graduate assistant at Iowa State when
      he earned a Master’s degree in higher education – an unpopular major among prospective coaches.”

      If Kiffin is doing the right things to foster the players’ getting a better education, it’s not so important how much value HE places on education. I’m not saying that he doesn’t value education. I don’t know. I think I know that having John Baxter around is going to assist the players regarding education.

  • TrojanFan

    Is this going to help USC win more games this year. Focus on the main event, forget the sideshows

    What is Hawaii all about?

  • Goatboy Kiffin

    Goatboy and academics LOL … he could careless but those stats will change when he is about to be canned in November. Then he will care. LOSER

    • TrojanFan

      MAN CRUSH!

  • Golden Trojan

    First of all, the range in apr for PAC 12 football is pretty narrow from top to bottom. Second, Wolf was critical of Kiffin not giving out the full allotment of Schollies on signing day. Now he finds some way to criticize Kiffin when he uses those schollies on guys who earned it on the field. What a putz Wolf!

    • Trojan Hoarse

      And what Wolf is too gutless to say, but can only infer, is that he thinks that the four walk-ons don’t actually deserve to receive these scholarships…….

      • too gutless to say??? he says it right in the title and in the body of the comment!!!

        and he would not infer, he would imply, YOU would infer.

        you’re kinda slow on the uptake, even for a DUMMY!!!

        one thing you should ALL KNOW by now is, the wolfman does not know the meaning of the word FEAR!!!!

        last year when Kiff declared war on the wolfman, the wolfman played Kiff like Hyman Roth played Michael Corleone!!!

        wolfman seemingly did nothing, yet behind the scenes, he set up Kiff like schoolboy!!! Kiff eventually had his character assassinated while the wolfman just smiled. wolfman you played it beautifully.

        • Trojan Hoarse

          There are PLENTY of words that Wolfman does not know the meaning, including FEAR……

      • Ben Factor

        I wish Scott’s intentions in this blog entry were that clearly conceived. He’s just gets petty at times, and doesn’t think about the implications of what he writes.

        Walk-ons pay tuition, i.e., they eat up their parents’ savings and/or take out large loans. Therefore, walk-ons have strong incentives to matriculate on schedule. Furthermore, the sanctions prevent walk-ons from getting athletic scholarships for several years after they arrive at USC. Therefore, by the time a walk-on is permitted to receive an athletic scholarship without counting against the 15 new ones allowed, the walk-on will be well along toward graduation. In summary, it would be virtually impossible that the motivation behind these four scholarships were to improve the APR. It’s just the reverse. Improving the APR is an inevitable by-product of granting an unused scholarship (among the allowed 75 scholarships) to a walk-on. In that sense, the improved APR is an unintended consequence of the sanctions.

        Scott’s not thinking.

        • Trojan Hoarse

          Wow!…. That was most coherent, well thought out, and articulated post that I’ve read on this blog in a long time…….and I don’t think that I’ve ever read the word “matriculate” on this blog, until now…. stop it…’re increasing the average IQ of this blog to staggering heights……

  • B.Miller

    Sounds like Kiffin is not as dumb as you give him credit for huh Wolfie..

    • L’Angelo Misterioso

      You really think the king of indecision thought about doing this ? This came from higher up, not brain dead Lanie.

      • B.Miller

        Yep .. I think he did.. good job by Kiffin

      • TrojanFan

        Hey, thanks for taking care of that shitter!

        • L’Angelo Misterioso

          Hey Curly, where’s Moe and Larry ?

          • Trojan Hoarse

            Helloooo….. Hellooooo.. Helloooooo…. hello!

          • L’Angelo Misterioso

            Hey Larry ! Is Moe giving Shemp a BJ ?

          • Trojan Hoarse

            No Moe BJ’s………..

          • TrojanFan

            Getting serviced by your wife!

      • rusoviet

        Brian Epstein? “Within You Without ‘youse…”