Ole Miss and Mississippi State were both in the clear in all sports when NCAA APR data was released Tuesday for the 2009-2010 reporting period.
Academic Progress Rate (APR) is measure used by the NCAA to chart student-athletes’ progress toward graduation.
Schools who score below 925 are subject to scholarship losses, such as the three the Rebels lost for football in 2009.
Since that time the Ole Miss APR score for football has jumped each year, reaching 939 in the current numbers release.
The only SEC school to be penalized will be LSU men’s basketball, which will lose one scholarship. LSU scored 905.
MSU scored 952 for football, seventh in the SEC. The conference leader was Vanderbilt at 977, followed by Florida and Georgia at 946. The Ole Miss score ranked 10th.
At Ole Miss, football’s 939 score was the lowest of the 17 sports. Ten of the 17 increased their scores. (Chart, back page)
The largest decrease was in men’s golf, which dropped from 969 for the 2008-2009 reporting period to 961 for the current reporting period.
Baseball scored 970 after hitting 973 a year ago. Men’s basketball jumped 47 points from 922 to 969.
At MSU, 13 of 16 sports offered experienced gains, the largest from volleyball, which jumped 21 spots from 954 to 975.
The Bulldogs scored 971 for baseball, a drop of five points. Softball and women’s tennis posted the same scores as in the previous period, softball at 997, tennis at 992.
MSU men’s basketball scored 952, an increase of 13 points.
At Southern Miss, 12 of the school’s 16 programs had single-year APRs above 940, including a 982 for baseball. Football’s APR was at 926.
The men’s basketball had the lowest score on campus with a 910, but “the program has shown demonstrated academic improvement,” the school said in a statement, and will not face any official penalties or warnings.
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