Every Virginia Tech sport makes the grade in latest APR release

Clyde Nash
May 12, 2017

The NCAA's Academic Progress Rate Institutional Report is out, and four of Auburn's athletic programs earned ideal scores for the four-year period that ended in 2015-16.

Additionally, 13 of OU's 19 athletics programs recorded a multiyear April score above the NCAA Division I national average for those sports, and five OU programs - women's basketball, women's golf, women's gymnastics, rowing and women's tennis - registered ideal multiyear April scores of 1,000 to pace the Big 12 in those sports.

The Academic Progress Rate measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team and also serves as a predictor of graduation success. Men's golf has recorded ideal marks four times since the April was introduced, and women's tennis earned flawless marks for the second time in school history. Four teams saw their scores fall with women's basketball's 978 a 13-point drop and 10 among SEC teams in that sport.

Izzo's team is one of just 20 men's basketball programs in Division I with a ideal score.

Men's tennis, men's cross country, women's tennis, women's golf and women's track each have a multi-year score of 1,000, which is the highest possible score.

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MSU football ranked 10th in Big Ten with a 974 April score for 2015-16. Men's basketball had a 965 multi-year and.942 one-year score. Women's beach volleyball earned a Public Recognition Award for its second consecutive flawless score, while men's volleyball and women's cross country also scored multi-year marks of 1000.

"To see five of our programs awarded NCAA public recognition for earning rates in the top 10-percent in their sport, and all of our programs achieve a 970 or higher is very gratifying", Jennifer Cohen, UW Director of Athletics, said. The wrestling and women's track programs recorded all-time multi-year highs at 982 and 979, respectively, while the lacrosse program tied for its highest score ever at 992.

The Panthers placed in the upper part the ACC in seven sports with women's tennis ranking first with the ideal score.

It's the first Virginia Tech sport to fall below a multi-year April of 940 since the wrestling team had a score of 901 in 2008-09. Women's basketball is at a program-high 986, which is well above the national average of 980. The most recent multiyear period measured was from the 2012-13 through the 2015-16 academic years.

"This is a testament to the young women we have on our team and their commitment to being great students and great athletes".

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Ten of OSU's 15 programs demonstrated a positive trend by either matching or outperforming their multi-year rate in 2015-16.

The Hokies had two programs receive Public Recognition Awards: men's golf and women's tennis.

The latest NCAA APR numbers are good for SC.

The men's basketball team was close to falling below the multi-year threshold of 930 a couple years ago, at which point the NCAA would have issued sanctions such as a postseason ban. Baseball teams earned a 973 four-year rate (up from 970), and football teams earned a 962 (up from 959). The football team's score of 968 is fourth highest among its Mountain West peers. Each of those students earns back a lost April point for their team.

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