Aggies Fare Well in APR

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The NCAA is set to release the 2005-06 Academic Progress Rate (APR) numbers for Texas A&M University on Wednesday. The Aggies are not subject to any penalties and fared very well, A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne announced on Tuesday. The Aggie softball team was recognized for its academic performance by the NCAA.

“I am pleased with our overall scores and especially pleased our softball program was recognized by the NCAA,” Byrne stated. “First, and foremost, I would like to applaud the efforts of our young people and their families. We want student-athletes who are committed to achievement in both classrooms and the playing fields. When you look at the successful individuals, there is usually an added commitment from their families and close support groups.”

“I would also like to commend our academic support staff and our coaches for all of their efforts in helping our young people succeed,” Byrne said. “We have a great group of coaches and staff who care deeply for our student-athletes.”

“When the NCAA releases the information on Wednesday, you will only see the multiyear rate which could cause concern because a team falls below the 925 cut score,” Byrne explained. “But with the confidence boundary, all of our teams are above the required 925 score.”

“The men’s basketball scores have risen dramatically the past year,” Byrne added. “This year (2005-06) we posted a 981 score. We expect more of the same improvement with six players scheduled to graduate in the next year. All-American Acie Law IV and his teammate Marlon Pompey are slated to graduate next week.”

The Top 10 women’s softball team posted a score of 999 which was among the top 10 percent in the country and was recognized by the NCAA.

“Our team and players have received a lot of honors and recognition and nothing makes me more proud than to see our program receive this honor,” Head Softball Coach Jo Evans said. “Our staff and players take a lot of pride in being a well-rounded program; great on and off the diamond. This award acknowledges our commitment to academics and the great pride our players feel in earning a degree from Texas A&M.”

This marks the third year of the APR (2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06) and the final year of using an upper confidence boundary. When the APR was initially instituted, the upper confidence boundary was established for use in the determination of any institutional penalties until four years of data was available. A margin of error in statistics known as a confidence boundary is a short-term tool used until a larger sample becomes available.

Additionally, just because a team falls below the contemporaneous penalty cut score of 925 does not mean they will lose scholarships. Additionally, a team below the 925 score would only lose scholarships if the team had a student-athlete depart the institution with eligibility remaining and the student-athlete did not achieve the appropriate academic eligibility requirements. The NCAA anticipates reporting data only on the basis of a four-year rolling rate for all sports when four years of data are available.

The Texas A&M intercollegiate equestrian team is not an NCAA sport and is not included in this report.

TEXAS A&M TEAM-BY-TEAM SCORES FOLLOW BELOW:

TEXAS A&M Multiyear Rate with

Sports Rate (N) Confidence Boundary

Baseball 930 (119) 950

Men’s Basketball 891 (43) ~ + 930

Men’s Cross Country 976 (22) 993

Football 922 (286) + 937

Men’s Golf 991 (28) 998

Men’s Swimming & Diving 938 (76) 960

Men’s Tennis 937 (35) 967

Men’s Track, Indoor 929 (84) 952

Men’s Track, Outdoor 930 (86) 953

Women’s Basketball 951 (53) 974

Women’s Cross Country 949 (28) 977

Women’s Golf 984 (31) 996

Women’s Softball 996 (59) 999

Women’s Soccer 978 (70) 990

Women’s Swimming & Diving 978 (83) 989

Women’s Tennis 962 (28) 985

Women’s Track, Indoor 951 (90) 969

Women’s Track, Outdoor 946 (87) 966

Women’s Volleyball 974 (40) 990

N—Number of student-athletes represented.

+ -- Denotes APR that does not subject the team to contemporaneous penalties due to squad-size adjustment-confidence boundary.

~ -- Denotes APR that does not subject the team to historical penalties due to the squad-size adjustment.