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GSU announces APR numbers
Twelve of 15 sports meet or surpass NCAA standard
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    Twelve of Georgia Southern’s 15 intercollegiate sports met or surpassed Academic Progress Rate standards set by the NCAA for the 2005-06 academic year, the school announced Tuesday.
    The university’s highest profile sports — football, men’s basketball and baseball — fell short of requirements and have suffered scholarship penalties, while cross country, women’s tennis and volleyball each scored a perfect 1,000.
    The entire scholarship penalties for football and baseball and half of penalty for men’s basketball were applied this school year. GSU is currently monitoring the progress of its athletes for the spring and summer terms and is unsure how many scholarships will be lost or regained next school year.
    Football Championship Subdivision schools are allowed to divide 63 scholarships divided among 85 players, but GSU was limited to 58.34 scholarships for 79 players this season. Baseball was penalized 0.21 scholarships and men’s basketball 2.0 (one this season).
    “The NCAA requires you to implement the APR penalty during the same academic year the institution is notified,” said associate athletic director Keith Roughton. “The way our scholarship budgeting worked, we were able to address the penalty in football and baseball without requesting a delay through the NCAA. In men’s basketball we were able to apply half the penalty this year, thus we requested a delay to applying the remaining penalty, which the NCAA granted. We will apply the remaining penalty at the next available opportunity.”
    Baseball improved its APR 65 points from the previous year, while football (31 points), track and field (25), men’s tennis (24), swimming (21) and softball (18) also saw increases in scores.
    However, based on the three-year average, football, men’s basketball and baseball still suffered scholarship penalties.
    “Obviously the goal is for all sports to be in compliance with the NCAA’s APR guidelines,” athletic director Sam Baker said in a statement released by the school. “We are disappointed that we cannot report that all the teams made the multi-year score. However, that said, I know how focused our coaches and staff are on this regulation. It takes time to make significant statistical progress once you create an initial low score. We remain diligent in all our academic endeavors.”

How APR is calculated
    Each student-athlete on a full or partial scholarship in every intercollegiate sport can earn a maximum of four points a year, two each semester. One point is awarded for a student-athlete remaining academically eligible and a second for continued enrollment in the respective institution.
    A team’s APR is calculated by dividing the number of points earned by the total number points possible and then multiplying by 1,000.
    The multi-year APR is the three-year average APR score of each sport from the 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years.