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WSU men's basketball avoids NCAA APR postseason ban

The team was in danger of being sanctioned by the NCAA for poor APR scores, but Ernie Kent's squad had enough success in the classroom to keep the Cougs on the court. Everyone else performed well, too!

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All 17 varsity sports at WSU performed well enough on the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate measure to avoid any potential sanctions, the NCAA announced today. Men's basketball appeared to be at greatest risk for being penalized, but the program has avoided sanctions.

"I continue to applaud the efforts of all involved, our student-athletes, coaches and staff, for their continued good work in reaching for higher academic success," WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos said in a statement. "It takes a special commitment to achieve success both on the playing field and in the classroom, and the NCAA's report reflects those efforts."

In the data released today, all of the teams had a multi-year score above the minimum threshold of  930. If a team were to score below 930, sanctions, typically a postseason ban, would be handed down by the NCAA. The basketball team escaped sanctions by posting a four year rolling score of 938.

Last year men's basketball posted a porous score of 926 to bring their rolling score to 938. The team was likely going to have to have a score above 950, something they had done once in the last three years, to remain eligible for postseason play. The team came through with a 963, the identical score that dropped off the rolling average.

The football team continued perform well in the classroom, as they were third in the Pac-12 with a single year APR score of 973. The successful year helped boost their multi-year average to 951, well above any concern about sanctions.

Vollleyball, which last year posted a score of 929 and was sanctioned in the form of reduced practice time (penalties that were reduced on appeal), eclipsed the threshold this season for a four year rolling score of 945 after posting a perfect score of 1000.

In some more good news, the women's basketball team continued their domination of APR. Once again they posted a perfect score and have a multi-year score of 1000. Perhaps Ernie Kent elicited some help from fellow basketball coach June Daugherty in regards to success on APR. She does know what she's doing when it comes to her team succeeding in the classroom.

You can see all the scores here.