Wednesday, June 9: The APR, or Academic Progress Rate, has been released by the NCAA, and it looks like NMSU will benefit and UTEP will get hurt. The Miners will lose one scholarship for Men's Basketball, while the Women's Track and Field team will be limited to 17.05 scholarships per season. The NMSU Football program will be limited to 24 scholarships this season, 84 total. NMSU lost 4 scholarships four years ago under Hal Mumme, who was put in a tough situation once Tony Samuel left the Aggies Head Coaching Position. Mumme worked most of his NMSU career with less than maximum scholarships, and only now are the Aggies feeling the affects of that work.
NMSU Athletic Director Dr. McKinley Boston: “It was a really great year for our sports and APR,” Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston said. “For the first time ever all sports have exceeded the bench mark of 900 and all but two have exceeded the 925. The men’s golf team was recognized last week for having a perfect score. Baseball has achieved another milestone in passing the 925 mark (score of 936). Men’s basketball for the first time has exceeded the 900 mark. Football is currently at 918 their highest score ever and very close to achieving the 925. The only penalty we received was in football as we lost one scholarship for a student-athlete who decided to return home after the fall 2008 semester. That penalty has already been assessed and no penalties will be assessed during the 2010-2011 year.”
UTEP Athletic Director Bob Stull: Our student-athletes continue to make progress in the classroom, and we are very pleased with the support our Miner Athlete Academic Center has provided in helping each and every one of them earn their degrees. Our men's cross country and men's golf programs were recently honored with NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of the country. Unfortunately men’s basketball and women’s indoor track & field dropped below the Academic Performance Rate benchmark of 925 in the latest NCAA report. The APR for men’s basketball was affected by a coaching change four years ago and subsequent outflow of players. The APR for women’s indoor track & field was also affected by extraordinary circumstances with two student-athletes leaving at one time. The one-time, 12-month scholarship penalty for each sport will be taken at the earliest opportunity. We continue to regard our student-athletes’ academic welfare with the highest priority and expect all of our sports to exceed the 925 threshold next year.”