Missouri football receives APR award

05/08/2014 1:05 PM

05/08/2014 1:05 PM

Missouri is the only football program in the Southeastern Conference to receive a second consecutive NCAA Public Recognition Award for maintaining an Academic Progress Rate that ranks in the top 10 percent nationally.

The Tigers’ football team was one of four programs to achieve the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for the 2012-13 season along with women’s swimming and diving, women’s indoor track and field and women’s outdoor track and field.

Only Vanderbilt, which earned six Public Recognition Awards, had more such honors among SEC schools.

South Carolina was the only other SEC football team to crack the top 10 percent.

“Certainly we’re very pleased about the recognition, it’s the standard that we expect at Mizzou,” football coach Gary Pinkel said in a release from MU athletics. “When I talk to parents during the recruiting process, I look them in the eye and tell them that we’re going to help their son grow on and off the field, and that includes having him leave with his degree from Mizzou. We have an amazing support system here that is as good as anywhere in the country. The track record speaks for itself.”

The full APR report for all teams will be released May 14. Teams that fail to reach 930 could be penalized with scholarship reductions or postseason bans.

During the last seven years of Pinkel’s tenure, Missouri has graduated 111 of 115 players and 11 seniors next season — Christian Brinser, David Butler, Stephen Carberry, Anthony Gatti, Matt Hoch, Jimmie Hunt, Marcus Murphy, Mitch Morse, Darvin Ruise, Lucas Vincent and Darius White — already will have earned degrees.

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