West Virginia, meanwhile, was sanctioned for academic shortcomings in men's soccer, wrestling and women's rowing. UT and WVU are the only BCS schools with more than one program currently under sanctions.
NCAA president Myles Brand says that programs who continue to underachieve could see their practice opportunities reduced and/or be banned from NCAA postseason play. Published reports suggest that nearly 150 programs currently face scholarship losses, with another 26 facing possible postseason bans due to academic shortcomings.
On a positive note, Brand reports that APR scores are up in 26 of 29 sports over the past four years. Baseball made a 12-point gain since 2003 and football an 11-point gain during the same time frame. This reportedly has elevated the graduation rate for both sports into the mid 60s.
While football and baseball continue to rise, men's basketball continues to flounder. The latest NCAA figures show the nationwide APR in this sport is a mediocre 906.2 – nearly 20 points below the acceptable standard.
Tennessee released its APR numbers earlier today. They show that all of the Lady Vol sports are well above the 925 target score. All of the men's sports are in good shape, too, except the three mentioned earlier.
Here are the scores provided by the University:
Men's Sports APR
Cross Country 950
Track, Indoor 936
Track, Outdoor 938
Women's Sports APR
Cross Country 983
Track, Indoor 968
Track, Outdoor 968
Along with the APR scores, Tennessee released a statement from Fernandez West, associate director of the Thornton Academic Center. It reads:
"We are very proud of our teams' performance in the classroom. The NCAA's Academic Reform package has challenged student-athletes to improve their academic endeavors, and UT's student-athletes are stepping up to the challenge. Our coaches' input and effort into the APR really has helped increase or maintain some of the APR numbers."