INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana had another perfect mark in men’s basketball and Notre Dame leads the state in public recognition on the NCAA’s latest Academic Progress Rate scores.
The Hoosiers, who received the most lenient possible penalty - a public notice - after coach Tom Crean’s first season in May 2009, now have hit 1,000 four straight times and have received the public recognition award in back-to-back years. Teams are recognized for the award if their four-year scores are among the top 10 percent of all teams in their sport, or if they score 1,000.
“We took the public notice very seriously,” athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement released by the school. “The poor academic performance for which we were being cited for occurred under two coaches prior. Tom Crean’s leadership and commitment to academics allowed us to put our issues fully in the past in exemplary fashion.”
The APR is billed as a real-time measurement of academic success. Each player on a team receives one point each semester they are academically eligible and another point each semester they remain enrolled in school. The most recent data, released Wednesday, covers the academic years from 2009-10 to 2012-13.
Indiana wasn’t the only school that came up with good marks on the latest report, released Wednesday.
Notre Dame, as it usually does, received the most awards of any school in the state. The Fighting Irish had 13 teams make the public recognition list including its baseball and men’s basketball teams. The football team finished with a 972, its sixth straight year over 970. The women’s basketball team, which played for a national championship, had a 968.
Butler had six teams recognized for strong results including both golf teams, women’s indoor and outdoor track and the women’s cross country team.
The men’s basketball teams at Butler and Purdue both came in at 985.
Indiana and Ball State were the only in-state schools to have every team top 957, and the Cardinals had eight teams over 990 including two with 1,000 - women’s golf and women’s cross country.
Indiana State also had two teams - men’s cross country and women’s golf - recognized for overachieving scores.
Football teams at Indiana and Purdue both set all-time one-year records. Purdue came in at 961, while the Hoosiers were at 972.
But all of the state’s major basketball programs are now chasing the Hoosiers in the classroom.
“When you measure our APR, record of graduating players and the academic awards and honors our players have received recently, we believe we are as strong in this area as anyone in the country,” Crean said.
None of the state’s teams received a postseason ban for scoring too low on the APR.