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Softball, Men's XC Earn NCAA Academic Recognition




May 17, 2011


WACO, Texas - Baylor's men's cross country and women's softball teams received public recognition awards today from the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I Academic Performance Program for having Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores which rank among the top 10 percent within their respective sport.

The Baylor men's cross country team registered an APR of 1000, and was one of two Big 12 institutions, joining Kansas, among the 53 recognized nationally by the NCAA in that sport. The Baylor softball team, which will open play in the NCAA Tournament this weekend at College Park, Md., recorded an APR of 997 and was one of 37 programs nationally, three of which were are from the Big 12 (Baylor, Missouri and Texas).

"We are very proud of our student-athletes' performance in the classroom," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "This success is a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes, academic commitment of our coaches and the outstanding work of the student-athlete services staff. Baylor's faculty members also play a key role in the academic success of our student-athletes and are to be recognized for the outstanding job they do in the classroom."

Baylor has now received eight public APR awards in six sports--men's cross country (2006 and 2011), baseball (2007), men's basketball (2009), men's golf (2010), women's golf (2009 and 2010) and softball (2011) since the program was instituted six years ago.

All-told, Baylor was one of six Big 12 schools to earn at least two 2011 public APR awards, joining Texas (9), Missouri (5), Kansas (3), Kansas State (2) and Colorado (2). The public recognition awards are part of the broad NCAA Division I academic reform effort, and this year 909 Division I teams were honored for their high academic marks.

The NCAA's innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement, tracks the real-time classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

In the latest NCAA APR report every Baylor program registered an APR score of at least 951 and no teams are subject to penalty.

Baylor's sport-by-sport 2011 APR scores are:

Men's Programs: Baseball (980), basketball (972), cross country (1,000), football (951), golf (989), tennis (975), indoor track (964), outdoor track (960).

Women's Programs: Basketball (960), cross country (980), golf (993), soccer (984), softball (997), tennis (981), indoor track (958), outdoor track (963) and volleyball (965).

The NCAA will release multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams, including those that received public recognition awards, May 24. That announcement will also include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.