State schools top APR standards

NCAA LogoBy Parrish Alford and Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

All sports programs at Ole Miss and Mississippi State made satisfactory academic progress for the 2012-2013 school year.

The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate report on Wednesday.

APR was designed by the NCAA to track the academic achievement of its teams.

Each scholarship athlete receives one point for remaining in school and one point for remaining academically eligible.

A team’s total points are divided by points possible then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s APR score.

A multi-year minimum score of 940 over a two-year period and 930 over a four-year period is required to avoid penalties.

The penalty structure was revamped in 2011 to potentially include loss of practice time, loss of competition opportunities or other disciplinary measures.

Penalties may not be a black and white issue but could be applied by the Committee on Academic Performance depending on the nature of a team’s APR problems.

Ole Miss

Ole Miss football scored a 946 over the last four years, the nearest to the penalty line of all Ole Miss sports.

The next-lowest scores were men’s indoor track at 961 and men’s outdoor track at 963.

All other Ole Miss sports scored at least 970 over the four-year period.

Three women’s sports – cross country, golf and volleyball – had perfect 1,000 scores for the reporting period.

Baseball scored 977, men’s basketball 974 and women’s basketball 970.

For the 2012-2013 year alone, football posted a 963 score.

Baseball, men’s golf, women’s cross country, women’s golf, volleyball and softball all posted 1,000 scores for 2012-2013.

MSU

Mississippi State’s football team improved seven points from its score last season up to 974. The football program is tied for fourth in the SEC with Vanderbilt in APR rankings and has improved by at least six spots each season for the past six years.

Baseball carried a 954 score and tennis was the highest-rated men’s sport posting a 993 rating. Men’s basketball improved by 10 points up to 945 but still had the lowest APR among the Bulldogs programs.

The women’s golf team posted a perfect score of 1,000 and ranked among the top 10 percent nationally.

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams showed the highest improvement, up 16 points to 980 and 983 respectively.