Georgia‚Äôs football team tied for the third best Academic Progress Rate score in the Southeastern Conference, according to data released Wednesday by the NCAA.
The team scored 970, which tied Alabama and trailed only Vanderbilt‚Äôs 978 andFlorida‚Äôs 972 among conference teams. The NCAA average for football is 948.
Georgia‚Äôs men‚Äôs basketball had a 960 APR, which ranked ninth in the SEC. That score was up 14 points from the previous year and the program‚Äôs best multi-year score dating back to 2004-05. The average in the sport nationally was 950.
This latest four-year APR covers the academic years from 2007-08 through 2010-11.
The men‚Äôs basketball APR was a perfect 1,000 score for the last academic year. Football scored 942 for the last academic year.
The APR measures the academic progress and retention of athletes on scholarship.
As reported last month by the Athens Banner-Herald, noGeorgiateam was in danger of scoring below 930 out of 1000, the cutoff to be subject to penalties such as a loss of scholarships and practice time. Those falling below a four-year score of 900 or a two-year score of 930 face a postseason ban.
The women‚Äôs basketball team (970) and baseball (955) teams ranked eighth in the SEC in their sports. The women‚Äôs basketball team was tied withMississippiState.
Georgia‚Äôs men‚Äôs golf, gymnastics, women‚Äôs swimming and men‚Äôs indoor track had the top APR in their sports in the SEC.
‚ÄúOur student-athletes are to be congratulated for their effort and hard work in generating these APR scores,‚Äù Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs an outstanding example of teamwork among our student-athletes, coaches and Ted White‚Äôs staff at the Rankin Smith Center. We are very proud of this combined effort of excellence in academics, and we look forward to continued improvement in the future.‚Äù
Georgia‚Äôs gymnastics and men‚Äôs golf teams each scored 1,000. They were given NCAA Public Recognition awards last week for being in the top 10 percent in the latest multi-year APR scores. Men‚Äôs golf was recognized for the third straight year.
Men‚Äôs golf tiedKentuckyand Vanderbilt for tops in their sport in the SEC. Gymnastics tiedArkansasfor best in the SEC.
The Division I APR is 973, a bump of three points from a year ago. The average four-year rate is up in football, men‚Äôs basketball and baseball.
Georgia’s men’s APR scores: Baseball 955, Basketball 960, Cross Country 967, Football 970, Golf 1,000, Swimming 967, Tennis 970, Indoor Track 976, Outdoor Track 965.
Georgia’s women’s APR scores: Basketball 975, Cross Country 996, Golf 976, Gymnastics 1,000, Soccer 989, Softball 972, Swimming 998, Tennis 983, Indoor Track 984, Outdoor Track 984, Volleyball 984.
Mississippi State 959
Ole Miss 933
Ole Miss 990
Ole Miss 995
Ole Miss 976