Syracuse football and basketball programs beat April thresholds, remain eligible for postseason

Eight Rutgers teams were recognized by the NCAA for their APR scores

Eight Rutgers teams were recognized by the NCAA for their APR scores

Both programs posted ideal four-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores of 1.000 and rank inside the top 10% nationally in their sports.

The University of CT men's basketball, women's cross country, field hockey, men's golf, men's hockey, men's tennis and women's tennis teams were honored on Wednesday with NCAA Public Recognition Awards for outstanding academic performance.

April is the NCAA statistic that measures academic performance within athletics by accounting for eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term. The most-recent April scores are multi-year rates - or a rolling four-year average - based on the scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

Volleyball is among the 85 teams that have earned Public Recognition Awards every year of the 13-year old program and an even more select group that has never lost an April point.

The UNC men's cross country team, women's fencing, men's golf, gymnastics, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, and volleyball were also recognized. The score for individual teams that do not have ideal scores are released by the NCAA at a later date.

The men's and women's fencing (2014), women's volleyball (2014) and wrestling (2014, 2016-18) programs have captured NCAA Championships during the past four years. "Our student-athletes' educations are our top priority and this honor would not be possible without the resources available to our team and the commitment of the Athletic Department staff to their success".

UTSA now has received 11 Public Recognition Awards in the 13-year history of the program, including seven in the last two years. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men's or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women's sports. The field hockey team, led by coach Char Morett, has received an NCAA Public Recognition Award nine times. It provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. Of the 64-team women's tournament, Gonzaga was one of 15 honored. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally.

A school record 26 teams and 520 Nittany Lion student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average during the 2017 fall semester, including a record 253 who earned Dean's List recognition for having a 3.5 GPA.

APRs for all Division I teams will be released May 23.

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