Nineteen LSU sports cleared in APR Annual Report

Allison B. Hudson

Nineteen of LSU's 20 varsity sports are clear of any penalties in the annual report of Academic Progress Rates (APR) released Tuesday by the NCAA.

The ratings released this week by the NCAA are part of the NCAA's continuing academic reform efforts.

The APR is a point system based on scholarship athletes' eligibility and retention for a pre-determined time period. This year's report is for the four-year period beginning in the fall of 2006. Points are awarded each semester for academic eligibility and retention, with two points possible per semester per student-athlete.

"I am pleased that LSU's teams continue to post high marks in the APR because it is an important tool in the measurement of academic performance in college athletics," said LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva."We emphasize to our student-athletes that it is important to be successful in the academic arena as well as the athletic arena."

NCAA sports falling below an established cutoff point are subject to penalties including scholarship reductions. A perfect APR score is 1000 and the cutoff point for potential penalties is 925. Of LSU's 20 varsity sports, 19 scored above the 925 mark in the current report.

Men's golf and women's cross country scored the highest among LSU sports with a perfect score of 1000 for the four-year period dating back to the 2006-07 academic year while women's golf and women's tennis registered marks of 993 followed by gymnastics and volleyball at 990.

In addition, other LSU teams with APR scores of 960 or above include men's swimming and women's swimming at 987, women's indoor track at 982, women's outdoor track at 981, men's tennis at 977, women's basketball at 971, soccer at 970, football at 966, baseball at 965 and softball at 961.

The men's basketball team at 905 was the only sport that fell below the 925 mark for the four-year period dating back to the 2006-07 academic year and incurred a penalty of one scholarship, reducing that sport's allowable scholarships from 13 to 12.  That penalty was incurred during the 2010-11 athletic year, so the men's basketball team will return to a full allotment of scholarships in the coming season.

"We are paying the price of a transition in our men's basketball program because this report reflects only two years of recruiting classes under Trent Johnson," Alleva said.  "Under his leadership we should see continued improvement in the APR scores in this sport in the future."