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Blog: APR scores for Georgia teams including three with perfect 1,000

Football and men’s basketball dipped slightly in Georgia’s latest Academic Progress Rate report from scores that put them in the upper tier of the Southeastern Conference a year ago.

Men’s golf, gymnastics and women’s swimming and diving earned repeat public recognition awards Wednesday from the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent nationally in their sports. All three had perfect 1,000 scores.

Men’s basketball got the same honor last year when it scored 990 and was second in the SEC, but was four points off this year with a 986. Football scored a 967, down a point from last year when it tied for fourth in the SEC.

The latest scores are the four-year rates from the 2009-10 through 2012-13 academic years. They measure eligibility, retention and graduation of scholarship athletes in each sport.

The Athens Banner-Herald obtained Georgia’s sport-by-sport scores through an open records request. The NCAA will release scores for all Division I sports teams on May 14.

Every Georgia team was well above the 930 threshold that can bring loss of scholarships or postseason play. The 930 equates to about a 50 percent graduation rate.

UNLV and Idaho are banned from postseason football play and multiple FBS programs will “soon be hit with APR violations,” according to CBSSports.com.

Ten of Georgia’s teams saw their scores increase or remain the same (the three with 1,000) while ten had lower scores this year.

The biggest gain was men’s tennis, which rose 17 points from 965 to 982. The biggest fall was 7 points for men’s swimming (978), women’s tennis (967) and women’s indoor and outdoor track (987).

Georgia’s women’s swimming was one of six 2013-14 national championship teams to get the public recognition award.

Georgia APR scores (data from 2009-10 through 2012-13 academic years)
Men’s scores:
Baseball 968
Basketball 986
Cross country 985
Football 967
Golf 1,000
Swimming 978
Tennis 982
Indoor track 976
Outdoor track 973

Women’s scores:
Basketball 977
Cross country 996
Golf 994
Gymnastics 1,000
Soccer 982
Softball 967
Swimming 1,000
Tennis 967
Indoor track 987
Outdoor track 987
Volleyball 979

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