Football and men‚Äôs basketball dipped slightly in Georgia‚Äôs latest Academic Progress Rate report from scores that put them in the upper tier of the Southeastern Conference a year ago.
Men‚Äôs golf, gymnastics and women‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúsoon be hit with APR violations,‚Äù according to CBSSports.com.
Ten of Georgia‚Äôs 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‚Äôs tennis, which rose 17 points from 965 to 982. The biggest fall was 7 points for men‚Äôs swimming (978), women‚Äôs tennis (967) and women‚Äôs indoor and outdoor track (987).
Georgia‚Äôs women‚Äôs 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)
Cross country 985
Indoor track 976
Outdoor track 973
Cross country 996
Indoor track 987
Outdoor track 987