The University of New Mexico exceeded minimum requirements of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate in all of its varsity sports and will incur no penalties for the 2014-15 academic year, according to data released Wednesday.
New Mexico State was not so fortunate. The NMSU football program has a four-year rolling average score of 915, 15 points below the minimum, and will lose a day of practice each week this fall.
According to a story on usatoday.com, 36 NCAA Division I programs will face postseason bans in 2014-15. Only two of those, UNLV football and San Jose State men’s basketball, play (as does UNM) in the Mountain West Conference.
UNLV football and SJSU also will lose practice hours.
According to UNM, this is the fourth consecutive year in which the school has exceeded the mandated APR total in all 21 of its varsity sports. The four-year totals include data from 2009-10 through 2012-13.
For UNM, men’s tennis and women’s golf lead the way with perfect four-year scores of 1,000. Nineteen of 21 sports finished higher than 960. Men’s basketball scored 990, football 952, baseball 946.
Men’s basketball and football achieved all-time highs since the NCAA began releasing APR scores in 2005. Football had a one-year score of 983 for 2012-13, men’s basketball a perfect 1000 for the third straight year.
New Mexico has not been penalized as a result of APR scores since 2009, when men’s indoor and outdoor track were hit with scholarship reductions.
This year, men’s indoor track posted a 981, outdoor track a 977.
Athletic director Paul Krebs said he was pleased with the continued upward trend.
“APR is a very important tool used by the NCAA, and it has been a focal point of our university to strive to be a leader in APR,” Krebs said in a news release. “To have a fourth consecutive year (with) outstanding APR scores speaks volumes of the work our student-athletes put in.”
Among New Mexico State’s 16 NCAA varsity sports, most were comfortably above the 930 mark. Women’s tennis led with 992, followed by softball at 988. Men’s basketball has a four-year average of 961.
Other than football, men’s tennis had NMSU’s lowest score at 948.
The APR works like this:
For each semester, a student-athlete accounts for two points — one for academic eligibility, one for staying in school. The total points accumulated within a program is divided by the points possible, then multiplied by 1000.
Example: if a program had 15 athletes but had one of those athletes withdraw from school while academically ineligible, that program’s score for a given school year would be 28 divided by 30 times 1000, or 933.
Over the years, several tweaks to the formula have been made. For example, if a men’s basketball player leaves short of graduation for the professional ranks, he does not cost his school a point as long as he leaves while academically eligible.
Kentucky men’s basketball, despite a steady stream of players leaving for the NBA, has a four-year APR of 989.
The highest-profile program to be penalized was Oklahoma State football, which will lose a practice day next season and barely escaped a postseason ban.