May 26, 2011

OXFORD, Ohio -- The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate report earlier this week, showing that every Miami University sports team easily surpassed the NCAA cutoff score and also that all of the 15 squads exceeded the national average for public universities in their sports.

The RedHawk softball, men’s cross country and men’s golf teams led the way with perfect scores of 1,000, followed by volleyball (995), field hockey (993), women’s swimming (989), men’s track and field (985) and women’s tennis (984). Of those eight exceptional scores, softball improved its score by 118 points.

Miami’s high-profile sports, men’s basketball and football, had respective scores of 976 and 970, and both ranked second among their Mid-American Conference peers. Both RedHawk teams far exceeded the national averages of 945 for basketball and 946 for football.

The remaining Miami sports’ scores include men’s swimming (971), women’s track and field (970), baseball (967) and women’s basketball (960). Ice hockey and synchronized skating are not included in the NCAA’s survey.

The NCAA marks are a four-year composite, covering the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, that measures academic eligibility and retention of student-athletes. The NCAA cutoff score for each sport is 925.

With each team far exceeding the NCAA target score, no RedHawk squads are subject to penalties, such as scholarship reductions or postseason restrictions. None of Miami’s teams have incurred a penalty during the seven-year history of the APR.