WSU scores 953 in Wulff's first full APR year

WASHINGTON STATE'S FOOTBALL team came under the 925 rolling average mandated by the NCAA in its tracking of the academic progress of college athletes, but a 953 score in Paul Wulff's first full year heading the program, coupled with the academic plan put in place by Wulff and progress shown, means the Cougs will not be docked any scholarships for the upcoming year.

Similarly, Oregon and Arizona in recent years had both been under the APR four-year mark but received waivers from the NCAA and didn't receive scholarship penalties.

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 BUT ONLY IF it also comes with a student-athlete departing the institution while ineligible.

In looking at the numbers released today, Washington State's single-year 953 score in football for the 2008-09 APR --- Wulff's first full year in Pullman --- was higher than that of four other Pac-10 schools; ASU (925), Washington (934), UCLA (943) and Oregon (949). The other single-year Pac-10 APR scores in football for 2008-09 were Arizona (961), Oregon State (962), Cal (963), USC (971), Stanford (975).

Looking at the whole, WSU scored a 918 four year rolling average in football in the APR in the numbers released today. The drag on Washington State's four year APR score is the 2006-07 academic year.

That year, a dizzying eight players left the program while academically ineligible, leading to a disastrous 874 score.

One year like that in the APR can spell disaster for four years to come, as Arizona experienced.

Next year's APR will be the last WSU will have to absorb that blow. Even so, WSU could still climb above the 925 benchmark with a 2009-10 year score similar to this year's solid 953 score -- with a 951.

During Wulff's first season, WSU placed 15 players on the Pac-10 All-Academic team, tying them for the most in the conference with Oregon State.

In Year 2 under Wulff, this past December, Washington State's 18 All-Academic Pac-10 selections again tied for the most in the conference, this time with Stanford.

Wulff, who posted a solid academic track record during his time at Eastern, will next year have two of his WSU years taken into account into account for the four year rolling APR average.

Next June, WSU's football APR rolling average will consist from years of: 2006-07 (874); 2007-08 (926); 2008-09 (953) and 2009-2010 (score to be determined).

In other numbers released today, WSU's rolling average was 961 in Baseball, Men's Basketball came in at 957 and Track and Field scored 984.

Last year, the Cougs were also under the APR in football but lost no scholarships because of the gains made under Wulff. The year prior, as Wulff embarked on his first season on the job, saw WSU docked eight scholies total, with two being absorbed in the year before Wulff arrived.

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