Several SEC Programs Hit by NCAA APR/Tigers Score Improves - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Several SEC Programs Hit by NCAA APR/Tigers Score Improves

The Basketball Programs at the Universities and Tennessee and Arkansas receive warnings from the NCAA for falling below the Academic Progress Rate guidelines.

Both the Vols and the Razorbacks scored below the 925 required minimum..which works out to a 60% graduation rate under the NCAA's formula.

If they score below the minimum again, the schools could lose scholarships.

Hogs Athletic Director Jeff Long tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette the low score could be due to players who've left the program, and Recent Seniors who've yet to graduate.

Vols Coach Bruce Pearl says while it's important to have academic goals, he thinks colleges will pass over athletes who may hurt the schools' APR scores in the future.

Ole Miss Football loses 3 scholarships for falling below the APR.

Rebels Coach Houston Nutt says the penalties occurred before he arrived last season..and that the school is dedicated to providing academic support for its' players.

APR's for The University of Memphis have steadily risen since the programs introduction in 2003.

No U of M teams face penalties or warnings..and 10 received a perfect score of 1,000.

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