The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) findings today and the Georgia football team’s four-year score tied for third in the SEC.
Although Georgia football's single-year score (942) in 2010-11 -- the most recent academic year included in the four-year APR total -- was its lowest since 2003, Mark Richt’s program tied Alabama for third in the SEC with a 970 four-year score. Vanderbilt led the league at 978, followed by Florida at 972.
Georgia’s men’s basketball score of 960 ranked ninth in the SEC, well behind conference leader Ole Miss (990). However, Mark Fox’s program posted a perfect 1,000 score in the 2010-11 school year alone.
Georgia’s men’s golf and gymnastics teams led the league with perfect 1,000 four-year scores, while the women’s swimming (998) and men’s indoor track and field (976) teams also led the SEC. Eleven of Georgia’s 20 scholarship teams ranked among the SEC’s top five in their respective sports.
The APR reports examine a four-year academic period -- the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years -- and assign a score that measures eligibility, retention and graduation rates for schools’ scholarship athletes.
Teams posting scores below 900 are subject to scholarship and/or postseason penalties, but no Georgia team faces any such punishment. In fact, 12 UGA teams increased their score from last year and 10 teams recorded their best score since the NCAA instituted the APR system seven years ago.
SEC FOOTBALL APR
South Carolina, 966
Mississippi State, 959
Ole Miss, 933
SEC MEN’S BASKETBALL APR
Ole Miss, 990
South Carolina, 968
Mississippi State, 965