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OSU football team flirting with dangerous APR score

All of Oklahoma State’s athletic programs remain in good academic standing for the 2013-14 sports year. But the Cowboy football team is still flirting with an Academic Progress Report score that could get it banned from postseason play in 2014.
GINA MIZELL, staff writer, Modified: June 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm •  Published: June 11, 2013

STILLWATER — All of Oklahoma State’s athletic programs remain in good academic standing for the 2013-14 sports year.

The football and men’s basketball teams even saw a dramatic improvement in their Academic Progress Rate scores, which track retention, timely graduation and other standards in the classroom for every Division I program.

Yet progress in that area needs to continue for the football team in order for OSU to be eligible for the postseason in 2014, as the Cowboys’ current APR scores released Tuesday by the NCAA would not be high enough to meet the increased standards that will be implemented for the 2014-15 academic year.

OSU’s four-year score of 926, a two-point drop from last year’s mark of 928, makes the cut to compete in the postseason in 2013, where programs must post four-year APR scores of 900 or a two-year average of 930. But for the 2014-15 school year, the required four-year score will go up to 930 and the two-year average will increase to 940.

The Cowboys are hurt by their score of 903 in the 2010-11 term, which currently factors into their two-year average. But OSU made a big jump to 947 in 2011-12, meaning it would need to score a 933 for the 2012-13 term to qualify for the postseason by using the two-year average.

OSU associate athletic director for compliance Kevin Fite projects the Cowboys will reach that standard.

“With the increased APR standards, we have implemented new strategies to monitor and promote the academic progress and retention of all individuals that receive athletics aid and are part of our APR cohort each year,” Fite said. “The result has been increases in our APR scores of several sports, including men’s basketball and football.

“We will continue to promote the academic progress, retention and graduation of all of our student-athletes in order the meet the enhanced standards enacted by the NCAA and, more importantly, to see our student-athletes reach their academic goals and earn degrees from Oklahoma State University.”

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