Herm Edwards, Ray Anderson set for huge bonuses because of Arizona State academic success

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Academic success among Arizona State's sports teams is paying off for AD Ray Anderson and football coach Herm Edwards.

Academic success among Arizona State's football team is paying off for ASU coach Herm Edwards.

Edwards is set to receive $390,000 in bonuses based on new Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures published by the NCAA.

He's not the only person in line for a big pay day because of academic success at ASU.

Athletic Director Ray Anderson is set to receive at least $494,000 in bonuses.

USA TODAY Sports' Steve Berkowitz broke down the situation for the Sun Devils' coach and AD on social media.

On Tuesday, he tweeted a thread that said:

"Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards is set for $390,000 in bonuses and Arizona State AD Ray Anderson is set for at least $494,000 in bonuses, based on new APR figures published today by NCAA

"Football team's APR was 983. Edwards gets amount equal to 5% of $3.9 million basic annual pay is at least 969 and another 5% if it's greater than 974

"Anderson gets: 18% of his $950,000 salary if overall team average APR is 994 or 995 (it was 995) 17% of salary for football APR of at least 974 17% of salary for men's basketball APR of at least 993 (it was 1000)."

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What is the APR?

The APR measurable tracks the academic progress of each student-athlete in regard to eligibility, retention and graduation rates to give a picture of the current academic culture for each sport as well as each department. In 2014, the NCAA Board of Directors implemented a cut score of 930, below which teams will be penalized with the loss of postseason competition.

The national multi-year APR score for all NCAA Division 1 programs is 984.

The public announcement of APRs returned after a one-year hiatus. This spring the Division I Board of Directors approved the continual suspension of APR penalties for an additional year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic but did support the public release of the APR data.

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ASU's APR success

The Arizona Republic's Michelle Gardner broke down ASU's APR success in a story Tuesday.

She wrote: "ASU posted an average score of 995 (out of a possible 1,000) over a four-year cycle (2017-18 to 2020-21), which is an all-time ASU high and the best mark in the Pac-12.

"It marks the first time ASU has led the conference.

"For single-year (2020-21) APR scores, 17 of the 23 sports at Arizona State earned perfect scores of 1,000, including 11 of the 13 women's teams. The Sun Devils also had impressive multiyear APR numbers, with 10 teams earning a perfect score.

"Four teams reached all-time multiyear APR highs for their program -  football (983), men’s track and field (989), wrestling (1,000), and lacrosse (993).

"There are nine teams who continued streaks of perfect multiyear scores. Men’s golf, this year's NCAA Division I runner-up, currently has the longest streak with eight in a row.

"Women’s golf and gymnastics both have six in a row. Women’s basketball and men’s tennis have four-consecutive perfect multi-year scores, while women’s swimming and diving and beach volleyball are right behind them with three. Men’s basketball and softball are building their streaks, this being their second time in a row with a perfect score."

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Ray Anderson on ASU's APR scores

When ASU's APR scores were released, Anderson told Gardner: "I'm just thrilled for all our student-athletes and coaches. This is something that has been a goal all along."

He added: "It's gotten to be a fun, competitive thing for our coaches too. They have all bought into what we're trying to do and they each want to have the team with the highest score."

Anderson also said: "It used to be when you thought about success it was more about the California schools than anything else. That isn't the case any longer. We're very proud of how far we have come and what we're now able to offer our student-athletes."

A close to $500,000 bonus has to be thrilling for Anderson as well.

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The Arizona Republic's Michelle Gardner contributed to this story.

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