Gamecocks Make APR Grade

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) -- All 19 of the University of South Carolina’s countable intercollegiate sports posted a multi-year score of 950 or better for the third-consecutive year, according to the Academic Progress Rate (APR) statistics that were released today.

“Our student-athletes not only compete to win in their sports, but they strive for excellence in the classroom,” said Athletics Director Ray Tanner. “I want to congratulate them on their outstanding success in the classroom. The commitment that our student-athletes, coaches and staff make to academic success is unwavering. This success meets with our goal of enhancing the student-athlete experience at Carolina, which includes academics, wellness, personal and professional development.”

Highlighting the South Carolina data are a school-record 10 teams (women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball) with a perfect single-year score (1,000) for the 2012-13 campaign. Football, with a multi-year score of 980 and a single-year score of 994, was recognized last week for being in the top 10 percent of Division I FBS schools.

“We want all of our student-athletes to be successful with the ultimate goal being graduation,” added Associate Athletics Director for Academics and Student Development Maria Hickman. “Having all teams above 950 for the third-consecutive year shows the commitment to academics from the student-athlete, academic staff, coaches and administration.”

The APR is a point system based on scholarship student-athletes’ eligibility and retention for a pre-determined four-year time period. NCAA sports falling below the established point cutoff (930) may be subject to penalties including scholarship reductions. The data released on Wednesday includes the scholarship student-athletes on rosters from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

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