Four Virginia Tech teams receive NCAA Public Recognition Award
Four Virginia Tech teams receive NCAA Public Recognition Award
Four Austin Peay Govs Teams receive NCAA’s Public Recognition Award academic honor
17 May, 2018, 01:50
The Syracuse University athletic department announced that all of its athletic programs had achieved NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores of 930 or better in the NCAA's most recent calculation, beating the necessary requirement for teams to be eligible for NCAA championship events.
Both teams are now in postseason competition, with the No. 5 women's tennis team headed to the Sweet 16 at Wake Forest, and the men's golf team is in the thick of competition at the NCAA Regional in Bryan, Texas, looking to secure their spot at the NCAA Championships.
The Arkansas Gymnastics program was honored with an NCAA Public Recognition Award for the fourth time. The award recognizes teams with APRs in the top 10 percent nationally in each sport. Since the April program was put into place, the three Villanova programs which have earned public recognition awards most often are women's track & field (10 recognition awards), golf and men's tennis (nine recognition awards each).
UTSA now has received 11 Public Recognition Awards in the 13-year history of the program, including seven in the last two years.
The Maryland cross country and tennis programs were recognized Wednesday as part of the 2018 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program. The women's golf squad, led by Denise St. Pierre, is next among Penn State squads with six NCAA Public Recognition Awards. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. "Their academic achievement is a testament to the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and staff in our continued focus on student-athlete success".
All Division I teams' April scores will be released May 23.
April is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.
More troubling is that schools like North Carolina, which endured a lengthy scandal while enrolling athletes in sub-standard classes in order to keep them eligible, turned in excellent April scores while that behavior was occurring. The Nittany Lions have won 107 Big Ten championships or tournament titles since capturing their first crown in 1992-93, including conference titles in women's soccer, women's volleyball and wrestling in 2017-18.
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