Georgia scored well conference-wide in the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rates released Tuesday.
The men’s basketball team’s 990 is second among current Southeastern Conference schools behind only Alabama (995).
The football program tied for fourth among current SEC schools with Florida with a score of 968. Missouri, Alabama and Vanderbilt were 1-2-3.
Baseball was one of eight Georgia teams to set or match its best score ever in the eight years of the APR. The others were men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s swimming, women’s golf, women’s swimming, women’s indoor track and women’s outdoor track.
Eleven of Georgia’s sports teams were in the top five in the SEC, according to the school.
Men’s golf, gymnastics and women’s swimming were tops in the SEC with a perfect 1,000 score. Those three teams and men’s basketball finished in the top 10 percent nationally in their sports.
“It takes great teamwork to be successful in anything and this is a good example of teamwork among our student-athletes, academic counseling staff, and our coaches,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a a statement. “We congratulate our student-athletes on their achievement and are committed to continuing to strive for improvement every day.”
The current scores reflect the average four-year rate from the 2008-09 academic year through 2011-12. The APR measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of scholarship athletes.
The Athens Banner-Herald reported Georgia’s team-by-team scores last month. No team was in danger of sustaining a loss of scholarships or practice time that can come if the 930 threshold is not met.
South Carolina 983
Ole Miss 979
Miss. State 935
Texas A&M 912
Mississippi State 967
South Carolina 966
Texas A&M 954
Ole Miss 944
Georgia’s APR scores (data from 2008-09 through 2011-12 academic years)
Cross country 983
Indoor track 971
Outdoor track 966
Cross country 995
Indoor track 994
Outdoor track 994
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