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Student-athletes at Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Duquesne and Robert Morris achieved scores at or above the national standard for their four-year academic progress rate (APR), according to data released Wednesday by the NCAA.

Five Pitt programs recorded the highest scores in team history (baseball, men's basketball, men's soccer, men's indoor track and field and men's outdoor track and field) for the years 2009-2010 to 2012-2013. For the third time in four years, men's basketball ranked in the top 10 percentile with an ACC-best score of 995. Football (961) was one point short of its highest score and 10 above the national average.

Penn State had five teams earn perfect APR scores of 1,000: field hockey, men's cross country, women's cross country, women's golf, men's tennis and women's tennis.

West Virginia's teams had a combined score of 975.

The Robert Morris men's ice hockey and women's golf teams recorded perfect scores. The Duquesne men's outdoor track team had a 995.

The St. Francis football program recorded a 916 and will be ineligible for the postseason and face practice restrictions during the 2014-2015 school year, according to figures released by the NCAA.

The standard score for avoiding penalties is 930.

The APR scores are a measure of eligibility and retention/graduation for each student-athlete receiving athletic aid.

Boise can help homeless player

The NCAA said Boise State can immediately assist a homeless football recruit who signed to play with the team in February.

Antoine Turner said in an interview with KTVB-TV in Boise that he recently has been living in a motel, along with a car belonging to his girlfriend, as he finishes up classes at Fullerton College.

Boise State received clearance Wednesday from the NCAA to reach out to Turner and offer support.

After graduating from Fullerton, the defensive tackle is scheduled to take summer school classes at Boise State, where he will live in the dorm and have a meal plan.

Turner grew up in New Orleans. He told the station his mom died of cancer when he was young and it strained the relationship with his father.

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