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Four Memphis Athletics Programs Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards


May 15, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -The NCAA released its latest Academic Progress Rates (APR), and the news is positive for University of Memphis athletics.

All 19 Memphis athletics programs had APRs of 940 or higher, and the Tigers' department-wide four-year average (2009-10 through 2012-13) is 979. A perfect APR score is 1,000.

Four of Memphis' 19 programs earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for having APR scores among the top-10 percent of their respective sports. The four squads are baseball, men's basketball, women's golf and women's tennis.

It is the fifth-straight year in which women's golf received an NCAA Public Recognition Award for its APR. Men's basketball was awarded the honor for a fourth-straight year, while baseball and women's tennis both earned recognition for a third-consecutive year.

Memphis received the second-most NCAA Public Recognition Awards among the American Athletic Conference institutions and trailed only Connecticut (five) in total number of awards. Memphis and Louisville were the only two American Athletic Conference men's basketball programs to receive NCAA Public Recognition Awards.

Memphis also was one of 13 schools in the nation to have its men's basketball team earn an NCAA Public Recognition Award and also participate in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

More than 1,000 sports teams from across the nation received NCAA Public Recognition Awards. The 1,049 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 631 women's teams and 418 men's or mixed squads. This year's top performing APRs ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of top-10 teams earning a perfect APR.

The Academic Progress Rate (APR) is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

This year marks the 10th year of APR scores for most teams.

The following lists Memphis' multi-year APR (2009-10 through 2012-13) for all sports:

Sport                            APR
Baseball 995
Football 940
Men's Basketball 1000
Men's Cross Country 984
Men's Golf 995
Men's Soccer 958
Men's Tennis 978
Men's Indoor Track and Field 959
Men's Outdoor Track and Field 968
Rifle (mixed) 983
Softball 982
Women's Basketball 968
Women's Cross Country 976
Women's Golf 1000
Women's Soccer 980
Women's Tennis 1000
Women's Indoor Track and Field 970
Women's Outdoor Track and Field 974
Women's Volleyball 989
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