Utah, BYU, USU meet standards with APR scores
College athletics • Three schools receive satisfactory marks.
Published: June 11, 2013 03:31PM
Updated: June 12, 2013 12:01AM

Utah’s three Football Bowl Subdivision schools remain academically solid following the NCAA’s multi-year Academic Performance Report for NCAA Division I schools.

The latest APR figures, released Tuesday, provide a measure of each team’s academic performance and accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation of all student-athletes on scholarship. The latest APR performances include scores from 2008-09 to 2011-12. The NCAA minimum requirement is 925. Schools must score 930 or better to be eligible for any postseason competition.

BYU athletics’ five-year average was 974, a point better than the year before. However, the Cougar football team’s score was 931, below the national average of 949. Men’s basketball scored 981, easily better than the 952 national average. Overall, men’s sports at BYU were down four points from last year’s 966.

The BYU women’s golf team scored a perfect 1,000 multi-year APR.

Utah’s overall average was 981 — bettering last year’s mark of 978.

Utah football scored a 963 average, while men’s basketball improved to 979. Meanwhile, Utah’s women’s gymnastics team, which ranks in the top 10 percent of all Division I gymnastics teams, also earned a 1,000. The others to score 1,000 were men’s golf, men’s swimming, men’s tennis, women’s cross-country and women’s tennis.

At Utah State, it’s total APR average of 972 was a 13-point improvement from last season. The Aggies’ football program scored 967; men’s basketball came in at 968.

The USU men’s golf, men’s cross-country and women’s cross-country scored 1,000 multi-year averages.

Nationally, Northwestern of the Big Ten and Davidson of the Southern Conference lead all Division I football programs with a 993 multi-year average. Yale, of the Ivy League, and the Mountain West’s Boise State were next at 993.