It has been a miserable few months for Rutgers and its scandal plagued athletic department.
But there was a little good news this week -- Rutgers once again received a public recognition award from the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent of all FBS programs with its multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores. Seeing Rutgers publicly recognized in this way has become almost automatic.
This is the sixth straight season Rutgers' football program has received the honor. Last year, Rutgers football was ranked ninth nationally in APR, after placing No. 2 in 2011 and No. 1 in 2010. In all, 13 FBS programs were recognized for their multi-year academic progress rate scores. The complete APR for 2011-12 will be released next week.
"Our program strives for excellence every day,” coach Kyle Flood said in a statement. "I am proud that our student-athletes continue to achieve in the classroom and on the field. Jenna Beverly and our academic staff have built a support system that allows our players to be the class of college football."
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Rutgers has taken great pride in its academic achievements. Former coach Greg Schiano made academics a huge priority during his tenure there, and the Scarlet Knights have proved you can succeed in the classroom and on the field. In 2012, Rutgers won a share of its first Big East title, Flood won Big East Coach of the Year honors, linebacker Khaseem Greene was Big East defensive player of the year and a school-record seven players ended up getting drafted.