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USC football, men’s basketball report record APR scores

USC’s football and men’s basketball teams improved their Academic Progress Rate scores in 2015-16, posting all-time highs, according to data released Wednesday by the NCAA. USC football’s multiyear score was 968, surpassing ...

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