MU football team leads SEC in Academic Progress Rate

Updated: 2013-06-12T05:05:26Z

The Kansas City Star

Missouri’s athletic programs had the second-best average multi-year Academic Progress Rate in the Southeastern Conference, according to NCAA data released Tuesday.

Four Tigers sports led the conference in multi-year APR that was updated for the 2011-12 academic year, including the football team, which had a 982 APR and was recognized by the NCAA for ranking in the top 10 percent in the nation. Alabama was the only other SEC football team to receive top 10 recognition.

Only Vanderbilt, with an average APR of 992.39 among all its sports programs, had a better score than Mizzou, which compiled a 989.37 APR in the 19 sports in which the Tigers compete in the SEC. Vanderbilt led the SEC with eight first-place conference APR finishes, followed by Mizzou, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, which had four each.

“We are very proud of this recognition, but really more about the culture that we have here at Mizzou and our focus on academics,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said in a statement. “The support system that is in place here is second to none, and that allows our young men and for their families to know that they will leave as college graduates.”

The Tigers’ men’s swimming and diving (993), women’s swimming and diving (1,000), and gymnastics (1,000) teams also posted SEC-best APR rates, while six other Tiger sports finished second in the league. Also, 19 of MU’s 20 sports finished ahead of the All-Division I APR average in each sport.

The NCAA uses APR to measure how a school’s athletes are performing academically term by term. Teams are awarded points when an athlete remains academically eligible for competition and when he or she either returns to school the following semester or graduates.

Here is each MU sport’s APR compared with the all-Division I average:

Men’s sportsAPR (SEC rank)D-I average
Baseball984 (third)965
Basketball979 (sixth)952
Cross country996 (second)975
Football982 (first)949
Golf993 (seventh)974
Swimming and diving993 (first)976
Indoor track and field983 (second)965
Outdoor track and field983 (second)968
Wrestling*968 (n/a)961

Women’s teamAPR (SEC rank)D-I average
Basketball987 (fourth)967
Cross Country989 (ninth)983
Golf994 (sixth)986
Gymnastics1,000 (first)989
Soccer984 (eighth)981
Softball994 (second)978
Swimming and diving1,000 (first)986
Tennis976 (10th)982
Indoor track and field996 (second)977
Outdoor track and field996 (second)978
Volleyball989 (sixth)980

*Competes in Mid-American Conference ** Rank within conference

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