Cougs post best-ever APR in football

WASHINGTON STATE EARNED TOP MARKS in the 2012-13 Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures released today by the school. Specifically, nine of Washington State's intercollegiate athletic programs posted perfect single-year APR scores. Meanwhile, the football program under Mike Leach posted its single-year highest score ever.

The WSU football team recorded a four-year average score of 944, an improvement from last year's score of 942. The single-year football score of 963 eclipsed last year's mark of 960, which was previously the highest one-year total. (Prior to Leach, WSU posted a four-year high of 955 for 2004-05.)

All 17 OF Washington State's intercollegiate athletic programs are in compliance with the Academic Progress Report guidelines, and then some in most cases.

On the men's side golf led the way with an average four-year score of 986, followed by baseball (968), outdoor track (957), indoor track (954), cross country (953), football (944) and basketball (938).

The highest multi-year APR score at WSU was earned by the women's basketball team, which recorded a perfect score of 1,000 and was recognized last year by the NCAA as being among the top 10 percent among all programs nationally.

Women's cross country was close behind with a four-year score of 991, while women's golf was at 981. Other women's programs include rowing (978), outdoor track (978), indoor track (975), tennis (975), swimming (972), soccer (971) and volleyball (929).

The four-year APR benchmark from the NCAA is a 930 score, anything below that can result in penalties.

The volleyball team is not subject to postseason penalties due to the team's demonstrated academic improvement in recent years. The team has shown significant improvement from a single-year score of 837 in 2010-11, the year before the current staff came on board. Since that time women's volleyball has posted single-year scores of 939 in 2011-12 and a perfect single-year score of 1,000 for 2012-13.

In addition to volleyball, those programs recording perfect single-year scores (2012-13) of 1,000 include women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, rowing, swimming and tennis.

The APR is an annual assessment of each team's academic and retention history. The overall APR score is based on the most recent four years of data (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13). Every year thereafter, the most current year's data will be added and the oldest year of data will be removed, creating a four-year rolling rate. CF.C has been critical in the past of the NCAA APR program because in our view it is not an accurate academic metric -- it can and has decreased the scores and penalized institutions when student-athletes in good academic standing transfer or depart. That said, it's the system in place and all schools are judged by it.

"I am very appreciative and proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff for their continued dedication and efforts in reaching for academic success, and the most recent NCAA data fully supports their hard work," said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos. "They place their academic pursuits on par with their athletic endeavors and I continue to be pleased at what they are able to accomplish and how well they represent this fine university."

"The overall academic performance of our student-athletes is indeed remarkable," said WSU Faculty Athletic Representative Ken Casavant. "Their hard work, under trying workloads, results in this solid performance. I commend our student-athletes and their coaches for their commitment to academic success."

  • UNLV, Idaho and 34 other football programs are below the threshold and are prohibited from postseason play.

  • Oklahoma State narrowly avoided postseason penalties by a margin of 3.54 points in their rolling four-year football score. But that score of 929.41 means they are one of 42 teams incurring Level One penalties, which are practice restrictions. OSU this season will lose two hours of practice time per week in-season and must limit their practices to a five-day window each week. Oklahoma State football posted a multi-year APR of 929.41 but avoided postseason penalties because its two-year APR average is 943.54.

  • Eight men's basketball teams -- Alabama State, Appalachian State, Florida A&M, Houston Baptist, Lamar, San Jose State, Central Arkansas and Wisconsin-Milwaukee -- are prohibited from competing in the NCAA tournament.

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