NCAA APR report: USC athletes excel in classroom

May 14, 2014 

THE STATE

The NCAA’s annual release of its APR numbers was a good day for South Carolina.

The Gamecocks football team 2012-2013 Academic Progress Rate was 994, among the top 10 percent of college football teams and well clear of the 930 level at which teams are penalized by the NCAA. Every South Carolina athletics team cleared the bar, and 19 of the 20 teams had a multi-year score of 950 or better.

South Carolina’s multi-year football APR of 980 is tied with Missouri for the best mark in the SEC.

“Our student-athletes not only compete to win in their sports, but they strive for excellence in the classroom,” athletics director Ray Tanner said. “I want to congratulate them on their outstanding success in the classroom.

A school-record 10 teams (including women’s basketball) had a perfect single-year score of 1,000. The APR is calculated based on the eligibility and retention of each athlete.

“This success meets with our goal of enhancing the student-athlete experience at Carolina,” Tanner said.

If schools fall below the 930 line, the NCAA can institute a number of penalties, including a postseason ban. Oklahoma State’s football team will lose one day of practice every week this season because of its APR shortcomings.

Josh Kendall

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