Alabama Athletics Once Again Earns Positive NCAA APR Report

May 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - All 21 University of Alabama varsity athletic teams once again scored well above the national cutoff standard of 930 in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) the NCAA announced Wednesday. In addition, 17 Crimson Tide teams posted scores that were above the national average in their respective sports. Figures released cover the four-year period extending from the 2009-08 through 2012-13 school years.

"At the University of Alabama our ongoing mission is to recruit and develop student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in intercollegiate athletics, to educate and prepare our student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in life after graduation and to accomplish all this with honor and integrity," UA Director of Athletics Bill Battle said. "Our continued success in terms of our APR scores, coupled with the tremendous success we've enjoyed athletically over the four years that this report encompasses, shows that we are excelling at the highest level in all areas of our mission."

A total of three Alabama teams received public recognition from the NCAA for their APR scores figuring in the top 10 percentile nationally among teams in those sports, including the 2013 NCAA and three-time defending Southeastern Conference Champion men's golf team, the 2014 SEC Champion women's tennis team and the 2012 NCAA and 2013 SEC Champion women's golf team.

In addition to national recognition, eight Crimson Tide teams ranked among the top three in their respective sports in the SEC. Baseball, men's and women's golf, soccer and women's tennis were all ranked No. 1, gymnastics was ranked No. 2 while football and men's outdoor track and field were ranked No. 3 in the league.

There were 16 Alabama sports that either matched or exceeded their APR from the year before, including four teams - women's cross country, rowing, soccer and volleyball - that bettered their previous score by five points.

The men's golf, women's golf and women's tennis teams all scored a perfect 1,000 for their four-year score. Those three teams were joined by the 2011 and 2012 NCAA and 2014 SEC champion gymnastics team (995), the 2012 NCAA and 2014 SEC champion softball team (993) as well as the women's cross country (994) and soccer teams (993) among the seven UA programs with scores above 990.

The Tide's men's basketball (984), baseball (981), men's cross country (987), women's swimming & diving (988), men's tennis (984), women's swimming and diving (988) and men's swimming and diving (981) teams were also among the teams that posted scores of 980 or better.

"Our APR scores continue to be very positive," UA Associate Athletic Director for Student Services Jon Dever said. "Three of our sports earned NCAA recognition with perfect four-year scores of 1,000 and all 21 teams were at least 30 points above the 930 mark, including 14 teams that scored 980 or better. We also saw 16 of our teams equal or improve their four-year averages from a year ago. All told, nine of our teams bettered the national average for their sport by 10 points or more and five, football, men's basketball, men's and women's golf and women's tennis, bettered the national average by 15 points or more."

Listed below are the latest APR Scores for all 21 University of Alabama Athletic Teams:

Baseball 981 Basketball 977
Basketbal 984 Cross Country 994
Cross Countr 987 Golf 1,000
Football 975 Gymnastics 995
Golf 1,000 Rowing 973
Swimming & Diving 981 Soccer 993
Tennis 984 Softball 993
Indoor Track 973 Swimming & Diving 988
Outdoor Track 973 Tennis 1,000
Indoor Track 969
Outdoor Track 969
Volleyball 978

Now in its 11th year, the Academic Progress Rate measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It also serves as a predictor of graduation success. The NCAA's Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 930 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. An APR of 930 translates to approximately a 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR).

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