Wednesday, June 20, 2012
All Big Ten teams make APR cutoff scores
By Brian Bennett
The NCAA released its latest academic progress rate scores on Wednesday, and as expected, all 12 Big Ten schools fared well enough to avoid any penalties.
Division I teams that score 930 in the APR -- which measures how well teams are retaining their athletes and moving them toward graduation over a four-year period -- can be hit with scholarship reductions, reduced practice time and, in most egregious cases, be banned from postseason. The latest scores go through the 2010-11 school year.
Northwestern and Ohio State recently received public recognition awards from the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent of APR scores in football. The Wildcats, in fact, had the highest score in the FBS and tied for the highest among all football teams with Davidson. Ohio State had the fourth-best APR score in the FBS.
Minnesota, which went through a coaching change, came the closest to landing in trouble with a score of 932. Everyone else is pretty safely above the threshold. Only eight teams in the entire FBS fell below the 930 mark in the current scoring period.
Here are the new APR schools for every league team:
Ohio State: 988
Penn State: 971
Michigan State: 943