Wow, the USD program is really a mess... I really hope that the program stabilizes soon...
Gabriel and Mackie dismissed from team
Nov. 10, 2011
(San Diego, CA) - University of San Diego head men's basketball coach Bill Grier announced today that junior center Chris Gabriel and sophomore guard Jordan Mackie have been dismissed from the team.
"It is with extreme disappointment that I have dismissed Chris Gabriel and Jordan Mackie from our men's basketball program," stated head coach Bill Grier. " There is a standard to which I feel any player in our program must be held, and that it is also a privilege to be a student-athlete at the University of San Diego. Both players were fully aware of what they needed to do to remain on this team. Each was given fair and multiple chances to make the right decisions towards remaining a member of this team. I wish both Chris and Jordan well in their future endeavors."
Gabriel, a 6-11 center from Cape Town, South Africa, appeared in 29 games with 19 starts last season and averaged 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. He scored a season-high 21 points against Loyola Marymount on February 3rd. Mackie, a 6-4 guard from Los Angeles, appeared in 26 games with 6 starts while averaging 4.5 points. He scored a personal-best 14 points in the team's 67-64 win over Utah on December 25th. Both players sat out the 2009-10 season.
Added Grier, "While this is a blow to our team right now, I am confident that we will have players step up and seize the opportunity in front of them. I'm very excited and encouraged by the young players we have in our program right now. We have very good chemistry amongst our team and this will not change. What is important is our upper classmen step up and carry the load while our young players continue to grow."
The Toreros open up their 2011-12 season this coming Monday with a home contest against Stephen F. Austin. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
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Wow. You gotta wonder if it is a systemic thing, there have just been way too many negative incidents for it to just be coincidence...
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Without doing any prior research, I imagine they've had such a large turnover that the NCAA-mandated grad rates are beyond reach. They might have some schollies on the chopping block.
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VillaGorilla wrote:Without doing any prior research, I imagine they've had such a large turnover that the NCAA-mandated grad rates are beyond reach. They might have some schollies on the chopping block.
research would have helped. USD has lots of issues, but the danger of penalties for grades is the least of them.
NCAA penalties are imposed for failure in the Academic performance rate (APR), not the Graduation Success rate(GSR), although the NCAA links them. Some of the traditionally black schools (Arkansas Pine Bluff) and some private schools (Cornell) don't even report GSR figures..
in any case, usually a failure in one year is only enough to merit a warning, and the school needs to show a plan for improvement as part of that process.
USD has, by NCAA D1 basketball standards, a great APR in any case. here are the most recent figures in the NCAA database. it takes an APR lower than 900 to set the process in motion. that will be increased by 2012-2013 to 930. They would be fine even under the stricter standards to come.
Sport School State Academic Year Multi-Year Rate Penalties
Men's Basketball University of San Diego CA 2004 - 2005 959
Men's Basketball University of San Diego CA 2005 - 2006 974
Men's Basketball University of San Diego CA 2006 - 2007 971
Men's Basketball University of San Diego CA 2007 - 2008 981
Men's Basketball University of San Diego CA 2008 - 2009 962
Men's Basketball University of San Diego CA 2009 - 2010 951
for comparison, here's Portland's
Men's Basketball University of Portland OR 2004 - 2005 973
Men's Basketball University of Portland OR 2005 - 2006 969
Men's Basketball University of Portland OR 2006 - 2007 957
Men's Basketball University of Portland OR 2007 - 2008 953
Men's Basketball University of Portland OR 2008 - 2009 959
Men's Basketball University of Portland OR 2009 - 2010 969
in fact, looking at the NCAA APR database, all the schools in the conference are well above most conferences in that sport, with the exception of USF and Pepperdine , which have had penalty assessments since 2006.
you can check any schools APR (including by coach) and most school's GSR's here. note that there are two GSR's, a federal and an NCAA one. the feds are stricter with transfers and other categories than the NCAA:
the latest head coach APR is a year more recent than the school one.
NCAA Division I Head Coach APR Portfolio
Selected: West Coast Conference, 2010
Name APR School Sport
Asbury, Tom 1000 Pepperdine University Men's Basketball
Bennett, Randy 1000 St. Mary's College of California Men's Basketball
Few, Mark 959 Gonzaga University Men's Basketball
Good, Max 923 Loyola Marymount University Men's Basketball
Grier, Bill 960 University of San Diego Men's Basketball
Keating, Kerry 1000 Santa Clara University Men's Basketball
Reveno, Eric 1000 University of Portland Men's Basketball
Walters, Rex 944 University of San Francisco
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