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May 6th, 2008
NCAA Releases Academic Progress Rate Data

Texas State loses one women’s basketball scholarship and 2.95 equivalency of a football scholarship in 2007-08

Prior to the NCAA’s announcement Tuesday concerning Academic Progress Rate (APR), Texas State University’s athletic department was aware of the penalties which were imposed on its women’s basketball, men’s basketball and football programs.

Texas State lost one scholarships in women’s basketball as well as 2.95 equivalency of a scholarship in football. In addition the Bobcat men’s basketball program received a public warning from the NCAA.

The maximum number of women’s basketball scholarships for a NCAA Division I school is 15, and Texas State proactively withheld one scholarship for the 2007-08 season and did the same with its football team.

The penalties announced Tuesday were based on data compiled during the 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years.

“We anticipated the penalties with our women’s basketball and football programs and took an aggressive stance to have them enforced during the 2007-08 academic year,” Texas State athletics director Larry Teis said. “Last fall, we enjoyed one of our highest overall grade point averages for student-athletes in the school’s history. We have made considerable changes in the Athletics Academic Center, including additional staffing.

“While we have improved the graduation rates for our four-year student-athletes and made strides in their overall academic performances, we also are aware of the need for continued improvement.”

By RICK POULTER
Sports Information Director

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