MU football team leads SEC in Academic Progress Rate

06/12/2013 12:05 AM

06/12/2013 12:05 AM

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 sports APR (SEC rank) D-I average
Baseball 984 (third) 965
Basketball 979 (sixth) 952
Cross country 996 (second) 975
Football 982 (first) 949
Golf 993 (seventh) 974
Swimming and diving 993 (first) 976
Indoor track and field 983 (second) 965
Outdoor track and field 983 (second) 968
Wrestling* 968 (n/a) 961
Women’s team APR (SEC rank) D-I average
Basketball 987 (fourth) 967
Cross Country 989 (ninth) 983
Golf 994 (sixth) 986
Gymnastics 1,000 (first) 989
Soccer 984 (eighth) 981
Softball 994 (second) 978
Swimming and diving 1,000 (first) 986
Tennis 976 (10th) 982
Indoor track and field 996 (second) 977
Outdoor track and field 996 (second) 978
Volleyball 989 (sixth) 980

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

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