Men's Tennis Honored for Academic Success
BATON ROUGE — The LSU men’s tennis team is being honored by the NCAA for its latest Academic Progress Rate score. The Tigers scored a perfect APR of 1000 in the latest report by the NCAA.
The NCAA on Thursday recognized college sports teams from around the country that achieved an APR score in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards by the NCAA are part of a broad Division I academic reform effort.
It’s the second straight year that the LSU men’s tennis team has been recognized by the NCAA for having a perfect APR score.
“This is a significant accomplishment because it recognizes academic achievement and progress for a team that also enjoys great success in athletic competition,” said LSU athletic director Skip Bertman. “This is a tremendous reflection on our men’s tennis program and the leadership of Jeff Brown. It reflects the continued emphasis he places on academic performance.”
The LSU men’s tennis team is one of only eight sports teams out of 236 squads in the entire Southeastern Conference that were recognized for academic achievement by the NCAA, and it is the only men’s tennis team in the SEC to achieve the honor.
A total of 712 teams from across the country were recognized. The teams recognized this year represent 11.4 percent of the 6,272 Division I teams. The list includes 401 women’s teams and 311 men’s or mixed squads.
“Congratulations to these teams and their student-athletes for success in the classroom,” NCAA President Myles Brand said. “They are setting a great example for their peers and future student-athletes, as well.”
The APR is a point system based on scholarship athletes’ eligibility and retention for a pre-determined time period. NCAA sports falling below an established point cutoff are subject to penalties including scholarship reductions.