Posted by Tom Fornelli
For the longest time all any school needed to become bowl eligible in college football was to win six games in the season. The six wins weren't a guarantee of a postseason game, but if you were in the right conference, it was essentially an automatic.
Well, that's going to be changing in the next few years. While most attention will probably be paid to the NCAA's announcement that athletes will receive up to an additional $2,000, there was another announcement made today as well.
You no longer need only six wins to be eligible for the postseason, but you better graduate players as well.
Schools must have an average APR score of 930 over a four-year span to be eligible. The previous mark was 900, and 930 is roughly equal to a 50% graduation rate. The rule will not be implemented until the 2012-13 school year, and will go into effect gradually.
For the first two years schools must have a 900 multi-year APR score or an average of 930 over the last two years to participate. In the 2014-15 year it will rise to a 930 multi-year APR or an average of 940 over the last two school years. Then when the 2015-16 school year begins it'll be a 930 multi-year APR score of you're staying home during bowl season and there will be additional penalties.
So, in other words, victories on the football will not be the only ones that count toward bowl eligibility, but victories in the classroom as well.