All TCU athletics programs pass APR multi-year requirements

March 1, 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas -- All 19 TCU athletics programs passed the multi-year requirements of the NCAA's latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) released Wednesday. This new rate is a combined result of the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.

Twelve Horned Frog teams improved their 2004-05 scores from the 2003-04 APR report.

The APR is calculated by allocating points for eligibility and retention -- the two factors that research identifies as the best indicators of graduation. Each scholarship student-athlete on a given roster earns a maximum of two points per term, one for being academically eligible and one for staying with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by members of a team's roster at a given time divided by the total points possible. The multi-year rate score is the combined points allocated for the past two years.

"We are pleased with the results," TCU athletics director Danny Morrison said. "It's exactly what we anticipated.

"The positive scores and our improvement in several sports is a direct reflection of the emphasis our coaches place on academics as well as the teamwork that exists between our sports and the TCU Athletic Academic Services Office."

While three TCU teams (men's tennis and men's indoor and outdoor track) were below the 925 minimum score, there were no penalties due to those sports meeting the minimum boundaries established due to their smaller squad sizes.

The Mountain West Conference champion TCU football team had an APR multi-year score of 953, placing it in the 70th-to-80th percentile. The Division I-A average is 930.

TCU baseball (942), men's basketball (944) and men's swimming and diving (978) were also well above the multi-year national averages for their respective sports.

Eight of the Frogs' 10 women's sports improved their scores with the golf team posting the highest multi-year mark at 985.

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