The malaise afflicting the Pac-12’s major sports cannot be traced exclusively to missteps and miscalculations at the conference office.
USC and UCLA are dragging everyone into their shared morass of losing on the field, underperforming on the court, mid-season coaching dismissals, 5-star attrition, federal bribery charges, pay-for-admissions scandals and much more — some of which zooms past embarrassing and into the realm of heinous.
And now, folks, there’s a simmering academic problem in Westwood.
The UCLA basketball team is in danger of being ruled ineligible for the NCAA Tournament in coming seasons under new coach Mick Cronin.
Yep, just when it seemed like nothing else could go wrong for the conference — like it had encountered every form of woe imaginable, from the cupcakes on the sideline in Seattle to the federal courtroom in New York to the Louis Vuitton outlet in Hangzhou— the marquee basketball program at one of the finest public universities in the world is struggling in the classroom.
Last week, the NCAA released the Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for the 2017-18 school year.