MT Athletes APR Among the Best in the Nation

MT Athletes APR Among the Best in the Nation | APR, MTSU, student athletes, Middle Tennessee State University, athletics

For the sixth consecutive year, all 17 of Middle Tennessee's athletic teams earned a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) of over 930 as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its annual report on Wednesday.

The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14 academic years. The Blue Raiders had 10 of 17 sports with a 970 or better with men's and women's golf both touting a perfect grade of 1000.

Football had an impressive multi-year score of 973 but its 2013-14 score of 992 tied for the seventh highest in the country (Alabama 1000, Illinois 1000, Michigan 1000, Wisconsin 1000, Northwestern 994, Minnesota 994, and Army 992). The 992 total also ranks as the highest in program history, besting the previous mark of 983 set in 2010-11.

The Blue Raiders also had six teams record perfect scores of 1000 for 2013-14. They include baseball, women's basketball, women's cross country, men's golf, women's golf, and volleyball.

Every Division I sports team calculates it's APR each academic year. Scholarship student-athletes each semester receive one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, including practice restrictions and playing season reductions. Rates are an average of the past four years' performance. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data at the time of analysis.

In order to compete in the 2015-16 postseason, teams must achieve either a 930 multi-year APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years.

Three teams were recognized by the NCAA last week for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year APR. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. For the fifth consecutive year men's golf was honored, while women's golf and women's basketball also picked up awards.

2013-14 MT APR Scores
Baseball: 1000
Basketball - Men: 938
Basketball - Women: 1000
Cross Country - Men: 957
Cross Country - Women: 1000
Football: 992
Golf - Men: 1000
Golf - Women: 1000
Indoor Track - Men: 971
Indoor Track - Women: 950
Outdoor Track - Men: 970
Outdoor Track - Women: 950
Soccer: 981
Softball: 940
Tennis - Men: 903
Tennis - Women: 939
Volleyball: 1000

Multi-Year MT APR Scores
Baseball: 966
Basketball - Men: 971
Basketball - Women: 996
Cross Country - Men: 978
Cross Country - Women: 946
Football: 973
Golf - Men: 1000
Golf - Women: 1000
Indoor Track - Men: 977
Indoor Track - Women: 966
Outdoor Track - Men: 973
Outdoor Track - Women: 967
Soccer: 987
Softball: 961
Tennis - Men: 957
Tennis - Women: 967
Volleyball: 990