USC APR moving up a bit

Trojans remain in the bottom third of the Pac-12 in football and basketball with the release of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores Wednesday but they're moving up a bit

USC football improved its score but not its Pac-12 ranking with Wednesday’s NCAA release of the national APR (Academic Progress Rate) scores.

USC, with a multi-year score of 959, remained 10th in the Pac-12, ahead of just Oregon State (949) and Arizona (955), in the conference. Last year, USC was 10th with a score of 948, ahead of Cal (941) and Oregon State (946).

The Trojans still have a way to go recovering from the damaging results of the NCAA sanctions that magnified negative outcomes against fewer scholarship athletes. Although recent academic accomplishments of the football team, with a record 45 Trojans reaching a 3.0 GPA last semester, indicate the APR should be moving up as recent years replace the farthest-out year (the fourth year) in the calculations.

Proof of that progress is that USC's single-year score for 2014-15 is reported as 973, good for fourth in the Pac-12 behind Cal and Utah, at 997 each, Arizona State's 990, and tied with Colorado and ahead of Stanford's 971, Oregon's 967, UCLA's 963, the 962 of Washington and Washington State, Oregon State's 956 and Arizona's 916.

USC’s 959 multi-year score is right at the national average in football. The overall national multi-year average for all schools is 979 for all sports, up a point from last year. Football was 956 a year ago so that’s progress for USC to get to the average.

USC basketball finished with the exact same APR score as football – 959. That was good for ninth in the Pac-12 – ahead of Oregon (945), Washington State (949) and Oregon State (951). But it falls a bit below the men’s basketball national average which is now at a 964 average (up from 961).

The minimum standard for teams to be eligible for the 2016-17 postseason is 930 which equates to a 50 percent graduation rate. Stanford and Utah tied at the top of both sports in the Pac-12 with matching 1000 scores in basketball and 983 in football.

Here are the Pac-12 APR scores: BASKETBALL: Oregon 945, Washington State 949, Oregon State 951, USC 959, Cal 960, UCLA 962, Colorado 970, Washington 971, Arizona 979, Arizona State 990, Stanford 1000, Utah 1000.

FOOTBALL: Oregon State 949, Arizona 955, USC 959, Arizona State 960, Cal 960, Washington State (965), Colorado 968, Oregon 969, UCLA 972, Washington 974, Stanford 983, Utah 983.

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