June 14, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As of May 30, Purdue had accumulated 476 points in the Directors' Cup competition and ranked 37th out of 335 schools. Final rankings will be available around July 1, and department officials anticipate winding up around 40th, which would place the Boilermakers in the 89th percentile. When tallying only those sports that Purdue offers, that ranking would edge up a few spots. Last year, Purdue finished 47th with 493.5 points, with an adjusted ranking of 40th when counting only its sports.
Twelve teams earned NCAA postseason opportunities, matching the department's average over the last five years.
Women's golf placed third at the NCAA Championships, its eighth consecutive top 10 finish, and volleyball advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last eight years. Three other programs finished in the top 25 nationally - men's indoor track and field (18th), women's swimming and diving (19th) and men's swimming and diving (25th), while wrestling placed 31st and women's basketball and women's tennis both advanced to the round of 32 of their NCAA tournaments. Football played in a bowl game for the second straight season - the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day - and for the 12th time in the last 16 years.
Boilermakers Continue High APR, GSR Marks
On Tuesday, the NCAA announced that all 20 Purdue teams (indoor and outdoor track and field are counted separately) are above the 930 Academic Progress Rate (APR) cutoff for the second straight year. Nine of the squads maintained or improved their multi-year rate from a year ago, including men's basketball (remained 995), football (953 vs. 946) and volleyball (remained 1,000). Four teams had perfect 1,000 scores for the current year: men's golf, soccer, women's tennis and volleyball. The APR, now in its ninth year, measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most-recent APR scores are multi-year rates - or a rolling four-year average - based on the scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
Meanwhile, the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of Purdue student-athletes has improved from 78.4 percent to 80 percent and is on track to hit 82 percent in 2014. Overall, 90 percent of student-athletes completing his/her eligibility at Purdue graduate.
Purdue student-athletes have achieved a higher cumulative grade-point average than then overall student body for 31 consecutive semesters (15 and a half years), and that streak is expected to reach 32 semesters when spring 2013 grades are finalized.
All the All-Americans
Twenty-four Purdue student-athletes combined for 27 All-America honors during the 2012-13 school year, compared with 20 All-America honors (by 16 student-athletes) a year ago. Eight Boilermakers earned first team distinction, including high jumper Geoff Davis both indoors and outdoors, six more than in 2011-12.
Geoff Davis and Casey Matthews, who won the women's 3-meter diving national championship, were selected Purdue's Athletes of the Year ... Three of the football team's first five games have announced kickoff times: Sept. 7 vs. Indiana State (noon), Sept. 14 vs. Notre Dame (8 p.m.) and Sept. 28 vs. Northern Illinois (noon) ... The first official athletic event of the 2013-14 school year is 10 weeks from today - Friday, Aug. 23 - when women's soccer plays host to Akron at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex ... Happy Flag Day!