2 in SEC; men's basketball score higher

For the sixth time in the last seven years, Baylor University softball received a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Academic Performance Program award for earning a top 10 ranking with a ideal Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 1,000.

Men's basketball (955), women's basketball (987), football (964), men's golf (1,000), men's swimming and diving (987), women's tennis (1,000) and women's track and field (991) all recorded all-time high four-year rates for their programs. Women's volleyball became the 13th different Nittany Lion squad to post at least one ideal 1,000 April score. The football team registered a 959 one-year score and a 943 multi-year while women's basketball scored 949 one-year and 974 multi-year.

Four teams - men's golf, men's swimming and diving, volleyball and women's cross country - were recognized by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for finishing in the top 10 percentile of their sports.

Eleven of Alabama's 19 athletic programs either stayed consistent or saw an increase in their year-to-year April, including in football, which saw a multi-year boost from 979 to 980 following a three-point increase in its single-year April score from 2014-15 to 2015-16.

The women's basketball program's multiyear score of 949 was the lowest among USC's 21 teams and 31 points below the national average.

For the 2015-16 academic year, the University of Idaho's men's basketball, men's cross country, men's golf, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf and women's tennis teams earned a flawless 1000 April score.

Women's Tennis notched an 11-point upswing for the second consecutive year and achieved its first ideal April score in program history. The program scored a ideal 1,000 multiyear rate.

Every Duquesne athletic program scored above 952 in the latest report (women's indoor and outdoor track were scored as one program and DU's first-year women's bowling program was not included), with 12 showing an improvement from last year. The 263 student-athletes to earn the honor marked the 18th straight semester K-State has placed 200 or more student-athletes on the honor roll. Alabama A&M will be ineligible in baseball, men's basketball, men's golf and women's cross country. Scholarship student-athletes each semester earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating.

The 2015-16 overall four-year rate is 981, up two points from the previous year's mark. The multi-year scores cover the academic years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Baseball players had a cumulative score of 973 and football players came in at 962. Teams with a four-year score below 930 or a 950 average over the most recent two years, can be penalized by a loss of scholarships and post-season ban. The total for a team is divided by the possible points and multiplied by 1000.

  • Steve Townsend