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OU athletics fares well in latest academic progress ratings

BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: June 20, 2012
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All of Oklahoma's athletic programs scored well on the NCAA's academic progress ratings, which were released Wednesday.

Eight OU women's teams — cross country, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, tennis, indoor track and outdoor track — earned the best possible APR score of 1000.

The Sooners' football team scored a 985 for 2010-11 and has a four-year average of 970, which is well above the average score (948) for all Division I football programs.

The football team's 2010-11 score is the highest among OU men's athletic teams.

The NCAA Board of Directors voted last August to ban Division I athletic teams from postseason competition if four-year APRs failed to meet a score of 930. The new policy will be slowly ushered in, though, beginning with this year.

For the 2012-13 postseason, a program can qualify for the postseason with a four-year average of 900 or a 930 score over the most recent two years.

For 2013-14, the required scores increase to a 930 four-year average or a 940 score in the most recent two years.

Beginning with the 2014-15 postseason, programs must meet the four-year score of 930 to qualify for postseason play.


APR PENALTIES

Here is a look at the teams with postseason ineligibility for 2012-13 season (all of these teams also face APR penalties):

Men's Basketball

* California State University, Bakersfield

* Jacksonville State University

* Mississippi Valley State University

* Texas A&M Corpus Christi

* Towson University

* University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff

* University of California, Riverside

* University of Connecticut

* University of North Carolina, Wilmington

* University of Toledo

Football

* Hampton University

* North Carolina A&T State University

* Texas Southern University

Men's Soccer

* Central Connecticut State University

Men's Wrestling

* University of Northern Colorado

(Eight teams were ineligible for the postseason in 2011-12)

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