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May 7th, 2008
Three Texas State teams fall short on APR

STAFF REPORT

Texas State lost 2.95 football scholarships and one women’s basketball scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year as the result of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) ratings released Tuesday.

However, Texas State Athletic Director Larry Teis said in a release from the school that the football and women’s basketball programs already withheld one scholarship each for 2007-2008, indicating that those penalties will be mitigated by that much.

“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,” Teis said in the statement. “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.”

The men’s basketball program also received a public warning, a first-time historical penalty that stands to increase beyond scholarships in future years if the program does not improve its APR performance.

The NCAA initiated the APR in 2005 to measure academic progress of athletic programs. Each athlete at each NCAA athletic program can earn up to two points per semester — one for staying academically eligible and one for staying at the school. The resulting percentage is multiplied by 1,000 for easy reference.

A score of 1,000 is a perfect score. A score of 925 is required for an athletic program to maintain all of its scholarships. The NCAA said a 925 score projects to a 60 percent graduation rate.

The Texas State football program scored a multi-year APR of 918 and is limited for next year to 60.05 scholarships, 2.95 less than the limit of 63 for Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs. However, Texas State stands to get one of those back for holding a scholarship this year. The average APR for FCS programs is 931.

The women’s basketball program scored a 917 APR, compared with an NCAA Division I average of 963. The Bobcats probably will lose no scholarships next year, however, because they put one back this year.

The men’s basketball program received no immediate sanctions, but could be in big trouble as historical penalties pile up. The team hit an APR of 847, compared with a Division I average of 932.

Of 6,272 NCAA athletic programs, only 113 received immediate penalties based on the new APR. While two of those programs are at Texas State, its programs are hardly alone within the Southland Conference, where only Nicholls State and Central Arkansas received no penalties or warnings.

The following Southland schools all lost athletic scholarships: Lamar (two men’s basketball), Sam Houston State (1.03 men’s indoor track and 0.1 baseball), Stephen F. Austin (3.18 football and one women’s basketball), Texas A&M Corpus Christi (0.56 baseball), Texas-Arlington (two women’s basketball) and Texas-San Antonio (0.49 baseball, 0.5 men’s cross country and one women’s basketball).

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