Cougs continue upward APR climb

WASHINGTON STATE FOOTBALL under Paul Wulff has continued to dig itself out of the APR hole it dug a few years back. With the current single-year score of 946 added to the four year rolling average, the Cougars met the 925 threshold. Next year's score will also get rid of the biggest drag on the four year rolling average.

In looking at the numbers released today, Washington State had a single-year 944 score in football for the 2009-10 APR. In 2008-09, Wulff's first full year, the Cougs scored a 953.

WSU's four year rolling average is 925, the drag on that number is the 2006-07 APR, a disastrous 874 score when eight players left the program while academically ineligible.

But this is the last time that ‘06-‘07 score of 874 will be used in the four year rolling average score.

Next June, WSU's football APR rolling average will consist from years of:
2007-08 (926); 2008-09 (953); 2009-2010 (944); and 2010-2011 (score to be determined).

Wulff said recently that the preliminary academic reports from the recently concluded semester were positive, with the Cougs' overall GPA close to a 2.7.

During Wulff's first season, WSU placed 15 players on the Pac-10 All-Academic team, tying for most in conference with Oregon State. In Year 2 under Wulff, Washington State's 18 All-Academic Pac-10 selections again tied for most in conference, with Stanford. This past year, WSU led all schools in first team All-Academic selections with seven.

In other numbers released today, WSU's rolling average in men's sports was 968 in baseball, 971 in basketball, 957 in cross country, 977 in golf, 980 and 981 in track (indoor and outdoor). On the women's side, the Cougs scored 938 in basketball, 994 in cross country, 979 in golf, 969 in rowing, 965 in soccer, 982 in swimming, 968 in tennis, 986 and 988 in track (indoor and outdoor) and 960 in volleyball.

The APR (Academic Progress Rate) is the NCAA's measurement of academic eligibility and attrition rates of players over a four year time span. A team's score consists of a four year rolling average. Each team is graded on a 1,000-point scale. A score below 925 can result in the loss of scholarships.

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