MTSU athletes shine


For the fifth consecutive year, all 17 of Middle Tennessee's athletic teams earned a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) of over 930 as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its annual report.
In the state of Tennessee for football, Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee led the way with scores of 974 and 972, respectively. Tennessee Tech was next (965) followed by Chattanooga (963) and Austin Peay (956). In men's basketball, the Blue Raiders proved to be one of the top teams in the state. Their 981 ranked third in the state behind the perfect scores of 1,000 by Belmont and Memphis. The women's basketball team at MT turned in its highest score of 982.
The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 academic years.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year.
Scholarship student-athletes each semester receive one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating.
Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, including practice restrictions and playing season reductions. Rates are an average of the past four years' performance.
In order to compete in the 2014-15 pos