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Perfect APR scores for men’s, women’s golf highlight successful academic year for Washington State teams

UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 7:50 p.m.

Patrick Chun, left, Washington State’s athletic director, fields questions with university president Kirk Schulz during an introductory news conference for Chun on Jan. 23, 2018, in the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Patrick Chun, left, Washington State’s athletic director, fields questions with university president Kirk Schulz during an introductory news conference for Chun on Jan. 23, 2018, in the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
From staff reports

All 17 Washington State athletic programs kept up strong Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores and stayed clear of NCAA infractions when marks for the 2017-18 school year were released Wednesday.

Mike Leach’s football team posted a multiyear average of 960, the lowest score of any WSU athletic team, but one that still keeps the Cougars well clear of any NCAA-imposed penalties.

A team must record a four-year score of at least 930 to avoid penalties, or a two-year score of 940 or better. No WSU team posted a four-year mark lower than 960 and two of them – men’s and women’s golf – recorded perfect marks of 1,000.

Football didn’t come close to the danger zone, but its multiyear rate of 960 dipped from last year, when the Cougars posted a 969, and the team recorded a precarious single-year score of 939. Still, WSU has maintained a solid multiyear score of at least 960 the past four years, since it posted a 951 in 2013-14.

In the Pac-12 Conference, WSU’s multiyear rate of 960 ranked 10th, better than only Arizona (952) and UCLA (948).

The Cougars’ men’s basketball team had another strong year in the classroom, finishing with a multiyear APR score of 970 – eighth in the Pac-12 – and a single-year total of 978. The multiyear mark indicates a steady climb for the program since 2013-14, when the Cougars were dangerously close to NCAA penalties with a score of 938. Since then, the program has recorded a 949, 953, 967 and 970.

Four WSU teams managed perfect single-year scores of 1,000 – men’s golf, women’s golf, volleyball and women’s cross country – while women’s rowing, soccer and women’s track all had single-year scores of 980 or better.

The women’s golf team has kept up an impressive streak of perfect multiyear scores since 2015-16, posting 1,000 each of the past three years.

From highest to lowest, these are the multiyear scores of WSU athletic teams in 2017-18: women’s golf (1,000), men’s golf (1,000), volleyball (989), women’s rowing (986), soccer (986), women’s track (986), women’s outdoor track (986), women’s indoor track (985), tennis (984), swimming and diving (981), women’s basketball (978), baseball (972), women’s cross country (971), men’s basketball (970), men’s cross country (968), men’s track (964), men’s indoor track (964), men’s outdoor track (964), football (960).

12 Gonzaga teams

earn perfect scores

The Gonzaga men’s and women’s basketball teams continued to be successful on and off the court, recording APR single-year totals of 1,000 – joining 10 other GU programs to have a perfect score.

It is the fifth straight year the women’s basketball team had a score of 1,000. The men’s team accomplished the mark for the first time since the APR was started in 2005.

Other teams with a rating of 1,000 include men’s cross country, golf, soccer, track and field; women’s cross country, golf, tennis and women’s track and field.

Eastern Washington

women’s basketball perfect

All 12 of Eastern Washington’s athletic programs are in good standing.

The football team posted a multiyear APR of 962 following a 2017-18 mark of 258. The Eagles’ multiyear score ranks fifth in the Big Sky Conference.

EWU’s women’s basketball team has a perfect multiyear score (1,000), which ranks No. 1 in the Big Sky Conference. Men’s basketball is second in the Big Sky (980) behind Sacramento State (995).

Women’s tennis (1,000) also had a perfect score, followed by women’s soccer (991), volleyball (987), women’s golf (984), men’s tennis (984), women’s cross country (978), women’s track (970), men’s cross country (960) and men’s track (942).

Idaho football

continues to improve

For the fourth straight year, the Idaho football team saw its APR single-year score go up. The team recorded a rate of 963 for the 2017-18 team, up from 958 in 2016-17.

Football hit a program low of 896 in the 2013-14 academic year, but has gone up every year since then.

Women’s cross country and women’s golf recorded perfect scores, while women’s basketball (995), volleyball (995), track and field (993), soccer (992), swimming and diving (992) and men’s track and field (990) had successful years in the classroom.

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