UGA football’s APR score ranks third in SEC; other teams post strong results

Georgia’s 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’s 978 and Florida’s 972 among conference teams. The NCAA average for football is 948.

Georgia’s men’s basketball had a 960 APR, which ranked ninth in the SEC. That score was up 14 points from the previous year and the program’s 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’s basketball APR was a perfect 1,000 score for the previous 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, no Georgia team 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’s basketball team (970) and baseball (955) teams ranked eighth in the SEC in their sports. The women’s basketball team was tied with Mississippi State.

Georgia’s men’s golf, gymnastics, women’s swimming and men’s indoor track had the top APR in their sports in the SEC.

“Our student-athletes are to be congratulated for their effort and hard work in generating these APR scores,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement. “It’s an outstanding example of teamwork among our student-athletes, coaches and Ted White’s 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.”

Georgia’s gymnastics and men’s 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’s golf was recognized for the third straight year.

Men’s golf tied Kentucky and Vanderbilt for tops in their sport in the SEC. Gymnastics tied Arkansas for 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’s 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.

SEC

Football

Vanderbilt 978

Florida 972

Georgia 970

Alabama 970

South Carolina 966

LSU 964

Mississippi State 959

Kentucky 951

Auburn 943

Arkansas 936

Ole Miss 933

Tennessee 931

Men’s Basketball

Ole Miss 990

Alabama 984

Florida 983

Vanderbilt 971

South Carolina 968

Mississippi State 965

Kentucky 963

Tennessee 962

Georgia 960

Auburn 925

LSU 911

Arkansas 894

Women’s basketball

Tennessee 1,000

Ole Miss 995

Florida 991

Auburn 986

Kentucky 980

Vanderbilt 982

Alabama 977

Georgia 975

Mississippi State 975

LSU 972

Arkansas 960

South Carolina 960

Baseball

Vanderbilt 996

LSU 987

Alabama 980

Ole Miss 976

Florida 975

Kentucky 975

Arkansas 972

Georgia 955

Mississippi State 953

South Carolina 953

Tennessee 943

Auburn 943

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