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Herd teams above NCAA academic progress

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall’s athletic teams are performing above NCAA standards for academic progress.

The NCAA released data Tuesday showing Marshall’s combined average Academic Progress Rate score is 972, based on classroom performances from 2008 through 2012.

The APR tracks the academic progress of each student-athlete. It includes eligibility, retention and graduation.

Teams must achieve a 900 APR score over four years, or 930 over the most recent two years, to avoid immediate penalties, including the possible reduction of practice time and access to postseason competition.

Marshall’s four-year scores range from 924 for men’s basketball to a perfect 1,000 for women’s tennis.

For the 2011-2012 academic year alone, seven Marshall teams had perfect scores and no team was below 949.

West Virginia University says its athletic teams have exceeded NCAA benchmarks for academic progress.

Data released by the NCAA on Tuesday shows WVU’s combined average Academic Progress Rate score is 973. That’s down from 975 a year ago.

WVU’s four-year scores range from 922 for baseball to 996 for women’s cross country.