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A school-record seven North Texas teams earned a perfect score for the 2017-18 academic year, according to the Academic Progress Rate report released by the NCAA Wednesday. Since the NCAA began reporting APR data in 2005, North Texas has never more than six teams with a perfect score in one academic year. Posting a perfect 1,000 for the 2017-18 season were men's golf, women's golf, men's cross country, women's basketball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball. For men's and women's golf, women's basketball, and tennis, this was the seconded year in a row to report a perfect single-year score. Of the 14 teams sponsored by North Texas, 12 improved their single-year score from the previous year. "I'm very proud of our student-athletes for their many records and achievements this year," Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker said. "We take the greatest pride in their academic success which is reflective of the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and academic staff. Collectively with the support of our donors and fans, we will continue to build champions and prepare leaders." In the multiyear APR data, eight UNT teams maintained or improved their score from last year's report. The multiyear scores cover a four-year period beginning in the 2014-15 academic year and ending in 2017-18. The NCAA mandates a four-year aggregate score of 900 as acceptable for each sport. The Mean Green tennis team has maintained a perfect 1,000 multiyear score to lead the way, and earn public recognition by the NCAA for being in the top-10 percent nationally. To see how each Mean Green team performed in the APR, find the full report by clicking the link below. https://web3.ncaa.org/aprsearch/aprsearch
from the cavalcade of whimsy: There aren’t going to be enough bowl eligible teams again, and if there are, it’s going to be really, really close. That means it’ll be up to the Academic Progress Rate again to determine which five-win teams are worthy of a post-season exhibition. Last year, Nebraska (vs. UCLA), San Jose State (vs. Georgia State) and Minnesota (vs. Central Michigan) all stepped up and won their respective bowl games. This year, here’s the Cavalcade Top Ten Ranking of Teams With 5-7 Potential That Might Care About Their APR. 1. Duke, APR: 995 2. Northwestern, 992 3. Georgia Tech, 987 4. North Texas, 984 5. UCF, 983 6. Indiana, 979 7. Utah State, 978 8. Missouri, 978 9. Maryland, 977 10. Notre Dame, 975 not sure if we will need this ranking, but it's good to have it in our back pocket http://collegefootballnews.com/2016/cavalcade-of-whimsy-trevor-knight-heisman-locker-room-talk-lsu-florida
Interesting that the team we played in the bowl can not participate in a bowl this coming year. Also -- we ought to keep an eye on their roster for Texas players looking to get home as they can transfer without waiting out a season. There's at least a couple who I wouldn't mind see wearing green this year. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/writer/dennis-dodd/24536786/unlvs-bowl-ban-exposes-hypocrisy-of-apr-as-deterrent-for-big-schools
NCAA Increased Academic Policies in 2016 ...... In a recent move by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, academics are very soon going to be dramatically changed and the landscape of college athletics will forever be different. Starting with the upcoming high school freshman class, the class of 2016, there will be a major shift into what GPA is required for a high school graduate to be eligible for participation into Division I sports entering college. Instead of the minimum 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0) scale in core classes, the minimum GPA will now be a 2.3 GPA. Please note there will still be a sliding scale on what a student-athlete has to score on one of the two main standardized tests (SAT/ACT.) Also, 10 of the 16 core classes must have been taken before a prospective student-athletes senior year. According to ESPN, almost 40% of all 2011 entering freshmen football players would have been ineligible to participate this past season. FORTY PERCENT!!! That is a ridiculously high number which shows how academically unprepared most of these football players are coming into college. Why did the NCAA do this? There are quite a few reasons that lead into this decision by the NCAA....... (full article link): http://dev.chuckoliver.net/2012/05/why-ncaa-increased-academic-policies-in-2016/