May 7, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University's football and women's golf teams have earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for having multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top-10 percent of their respective sports.
The full APR report, which will include scores for all teams, will be released by the NCAA next Wednesday (May 14).
For the football team, today's announcement marks the fourth-straight year the Broncos have received this national award. Boise State, along with Clemson, Duke, Northwestern and Rutgers, are the only Football Bowl Subdivision teams to score in the top-10 percent each of the past four years.
This is the first time the women's golf program has received a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA. Following the 2013 fall semester, the women's golf team had the highest grade-point average amongst Boise State athletic programs with a 3.65 average, and has recorded the department's highest GPA in each of the last four semesters.
Women's golf and football have the only student-athletes with consecutive semesters achieving 4.00 GPAs. Sammie Pless has posted a 4.00 the past three semesters as a member of the women's golf team, and wide receiver D.J. Dean has two-consecutive semesters with a 4.00 GPA as a member of the football team.
"As a department and university, we are very proud of the academic success football, women's golf and all our sports continue to achieve," Boise State Director of Athletics Mark Coyle stated. "These results are a direct result of the hard work not only by our student-athletes, but by the coaches and academic staff in our department, as we prepare our young people for success after they graduate from Boise State."
Boise State was one of only two football programs in the Mountain West to be recognized (Utah State), and its women's golf team was one of three such programs honored from the league (Fresno State and New Mexico).
In the past seven APR reports, the football program has had the top score in its conference, the last two as a member of the MW and the previous five as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation, providing a measure of each team's academic performance.