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Bulldogs stay ahead of APR curve

June 20, 2012

Academic Progress Rates were released on Wednesday with all Mississippi State athletic programs exceeding the NCAA’s mandated level for the multi-year performance rate.

State’s programs cleared both the single-year of 900 and all but men’s outdoor track and field cleared the future increase of 930.

The men's tennis and women's golf programs each posted a perfect score of 1,000 during the 2010-11 reporting period to lead all sports. Both teams also lead in the four-year average with 992.

"These academic progress rates show the commitment of our department to make sure our student-athletes are leaving with a foundation for the future," MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said. "Our coaches, academic staff and compliance department have all done a good job of ensuring our student-athletes are put in the best position to be successful."

The APR is derived from data from the 2007-08 through 2010-11 academic years.

In looking at individual sports, coach Dan Mullen’s football program accumulated a 972 score, 20 points higher than the average of other Football Subdivision programs.

Men’s basketball turned in a 944 score, 10 points below the comparable average, but well above the required limitations.

While the Bulldogs are certainly on the right track, not all programs were as fortunate.

The University of Connecticut headlines a group of 15 universities which will receive sanctions on some level, including practice limitations and postseason bans.

Mississippi State remains in good standing and appears to be in good standing for the foreseeable future.

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