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NCAA APR Ratings: How does the SEC stack up?

The NCAA released their academic progress report, which gives schools ratings and comparisons based on their Academic Progress Rate (APR) and shows how they compare nationally.  Kentucky scored favorably and found themselves above the NCAA standard of 925 (60% graduation) in all 22 of their sports and above the national average in thirteen of them.

Just for fun, here is how the SEC stacked up in the two major sports.  Vanderbilt finally found a way to let that whole “private education” thing help them out and placed the highest in both categories but, surprisingly, only beat out the Georgia football team by one point.  Meanwhile, South Carolina locked up the cellar in both categories.   Here are the full stats:

School

Football Score Basketball Score
Alabama

944

928

Arkansas

936

944

Auburn

953

905

Georgia

958

965

Florida

962

919

Kentucky

943

941

LSU

946

910

Mississippi State

924

901

Ole Miss

939

917

South Carolina

921

899

Tennessee

948

911

Vanderbilt

959

985

Some interesting notes related to this report:

– There are four teams receiving santions. Notice a trend?
  1. LSU Baseball
  2. Tennessee basketball
  3. Tennessee baseball
  4. Tennessee men’s swimming
 
Auburn’s basketball team will not be sanctioned despite it’s subpar score because the NCAA feels that it “demonstrated academic improvement and favorable comparison based on other academic or institutional factors”.
 
– The report also showed a decrease in the percentage of athletes who leave school academically ineligible. It went from 3.7 percent in 2003 to 2.9 percent last year.

***UPDATE:  Parts of this post might be factually innaccurate.  It seems that someone at the Tuscaloosa News has beef with Tennessee and is unjustly accusing their program of academic violations.  I say Tennessee deserves everything it gets.  Decide for yourself.

Article written by Thomas Beisner