Cougar football, WSU climb in APR

WASHINGTON STATE FOOTBALL continues to show solid academic progress under Mike Leach. In the NCAA APR data released Wednesday for 2013-14, the WSU football team recorded a four-year average score of 951, an improvement from last year's score of 944. The single-year football score of 973 is the highest ever and was the third-straight year of improved single-year scores.

The previous single-year high score in football was 963, set last year. The Cougs' four-year average score of 951 was just below WSU's all-time high of 955 set during the 2004-05 cycle.

Six of Washington State's athletic programs posted perfect single-year APR scores -- women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s golf, rowing and volleyball.

The women’s basketball team scored a 1,000 for the second-straight year and was recognized last week by the NCAA as being among the top 10 percent among all programs nationally.

On the men's side, golf posted the highest four-year score of 973, followed by baseball (969), cross country (967), outdoor track (960), indoor track (957) football (951) and basketball (938).

For the women, after basketball came women’s rowing with a four-year score of 991, followed by cross country (990), golf (981), swimming (981), soccer (979), outdoor track (979), indoor track (975), tennis (975) and volleyball (945).

In all, nine of the 10 women’s programs at Washington State maintained or improved their four-year APR score from last year.

“I continue to applaud the efforts of all involved, our student-athletes, coaches and staff, for their continued good work in reaching for higher academic success,” said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos. “It takes a special commitment to achieve success both on the playing field and in the classroom, and the NCAA’s report reflects those efforts.”

WSU's overall APR score is based on the most recent four years of data (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14). Every year, the most current year's data is added and the oldest year of data is removed, creating the four-year rolling rate. If a team's rolling average falls below 930, they can incur penalties including loss of scholarships and loss of postseason play.

Idaho, New Orleans, Appalachian State, Lamar and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi were among the men's basketball programs that didn't meet the 930 mark.

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