MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s men’s basketball program ranked third in the Big 12, while its football team was in the middle of the league, according to the NCAA’s annual Academic Progress Rates released Tuesday.

The APR, formulated on a rolling four-year average, is used by the NCAA to measure real-time academic success of student-athletes and their advancement toward graduation. The latest scores are calculated upon the academic years 2008-09 to 2011-12.

Teams currently must reach a minimum four-year average score of 900 — or 930 over the most recent two years — to maintain postseason eligibility. All 17 Mountaineers’ athletic teams scored safely above the 900 level, and WVU’s overall athletics department score of 973 was within one point of the Division I average (974).

However,  the minimum four-year scores are climbing to 930, or 940 over two years, beginning with the 2014-15 postseason. That means WVU’s baseball team — currently with a four-year APR of 922 — could be in peril, anchored by a single-year score of 882 in 2011-12.

Big 12 football:
Baylor                 962
TCU                    962
Oklahoma           960
Kansas               958
WVU                   950
K-State               948
Texas Tech         941
Texas                  936
Iowa State          928
Oklahoma State  926

Big 12 men’s basketball:
Kansas             1000
Texas                1000
WVU                   974
Baylor                 965
K-State               964
Oklahoma           960
Texas Tech         952
Iowa State          949
TCU                    939
Oklahoma State  928

Other WVU sports:
Cross country                 996
Gymnastics                     995
Women’s indoor track     994
Women’s outdoor track   994
Men’s soccer                   989
Women’s basketball        985
Women’s soccer             985
Rowing                           981
Women’s swimming       974
Men’s swimming             972
Rifle                                971
Women’s tennis              964
Volleyball                        950
Wrestling                        945
Baseball                         922

As for the single-year results from the 2011-12 academic year, West Virginia had seven teams with perfect 1,000 scores: men’s basketball, women’s basketball, cross country, gymnastics, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and wrestling.

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  • John

    So, apparently "sweat suit Huggins" isn't turning out the "thugs" so many on here would have us believe, Huh? Basketball team had a perfect score. Good job team and coach Huggins.

  • DonaldH

    All you "sports fans" that put sports success above academic standards should all send your daughters to Morgantown to become movie stars along with Jonathan Holton

  • Maxxajay

    I disagree with all comments before me I feel WVU is going to be fine in the future as well as today just an opinion.........

  • tw eagle

    another couple of years of 'musical chairs' with the bb scholarships and the ncaa might show up in Motown to put a padlock on the Mountaineers lockerroom . . .how many scholarship reductions was Connecticut docked for violating the sacred APR ?

  • wvrefugee

    Unfortunately these numbers reflect 11-12! Mens Hoops will kill us/them due to transfers and the graduation cohort!

  • Joe


    While I completely agree with your comment, you have unfortunately opened the door for the many voices of Sybil to comment.

  • Bob

    I think WVU will be in basketball trouble in 2 years unless the 5 guys pushed out the door finish their degrees.