Glenn Guilbeau / GANNETT LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE – LSU men’s cross country and men’s tennis received perfect 1,000 scores in the annual Academic Progress Rates (APR) grades released by the NCAA on Wednesday for the period beginning in the fall of 2009 and ending in the spring of 2013.
All 20 LSU varsity sports finished above the 930 cutoff point. Schools falling below that are subject to NCAA penalties that include scholarship reductions. The point system is based on athletes remaining eligible, staying at a particular school and graduating over a four-year period.
LSU had 13 sports finish above 975. The football program had the lowest score on campus at 946, which was also five points below the national average of 949 and finished tied for 10th in the Southeastern Conference with Ole Miss.
Missouri’s football program had the best APR in the SEC at 982, followed by a 978 by Alabama, which won three national championships in the time period covered. Vanderbilt was in third at 973, followed by Florida and Georgia at 968, Mississippi State at 967, South Carolina at 966, Texas A&M at 954 and Auburn at 950. Kentucky followed LSU and Ole Miss at 943 with Arkansas at 938 and Tennessee in 14th of 14 SEC schools at 924.
“I’m very pleased with our APR results, and I think our scores are indicative of the emphasis that is placed on academics at LSU,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said. “We stress to our student-athletes that being successful in the classroom is every bit as important as succeeding in competition.”
Most of the academic success at LSU was performed by women from 2009-13.
Nine of the 13 LSU sports that scored 975 or higher were women’s sports – cross country and soccer at 978, swimming at 982, softball at 983, volleyball at 983, outdoor track and indoor track at 984, golf at 991 and tennis at 992.
The four men’s sports that reached 975 or higher were golf, swimming, tennis and cross country.
The second to lowest APR by an LSU sport was men’s outdoor track at 951.