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Mocs making the grade in APR scores

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic department used to dread the day the NCAA publicly released its Academic Progress Report (APR) numbers.

These days, the Mocs are more than making the grade.

UTC Athletics is penalty-free for a second straight year after the NCAA revealed its latest APR numbers through the 2010-11 school year.

All 17 Chattanooga programs earned multi-year scores above the NCAA's 900 benchmark, and 11 of the 17 turned in perfect single-season scores of 1000 in the APR's most recent academic year.

"We knew we had the infrastructure, and most importantly the coaches and student-athletes, in place to quickly get back to where we needed to be," athletic director Rick Hart said in a statement. "We also knew that once we got there, we would have a great story to tell."

UTC men's golf was publicly recognized last week after posting the school's first perfect multi-year score, which is an average of the last four single season APR scores from 2007-08 through 2010-11. Eight other programs secured multi-year scores of 974 or higher.

In addition to Mark Guhne's golf team, men's cross country, indoor and outdoor track, women's basketball, golf, softball, soccer, tennis, cross country and volleyball all posted perfect single-season scores in 2010-11.

Three years removed from a postseason ban, UTC football posted an impressive single-season mark of 950 in 2010-11 to improve its multi-year score to 930.

The NCAA's benchmark will jump from 900 to 930 starting next year, a mark that would have been missed this year by only two UTC programs: men's basketball (925) and women's soccer (915).

"I am very proud of the academic success of our student-athletes across the board," said Hart. "We are coming off another record-breaking semester grade-point-average from the spring and this is another big accomplishment to celebrate.

"With the NCAA increasing its minimum requirements, we will still have some work to do. However, we are heading in the right direction and will get there soon."

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