The NCAA on Wednesday announced its latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for all sports, and the news for Big Ten teams is favorable.
No Big Ten squad fell below minimum standards and faced scholarship cuts, and several teams showed impressive increases in their four-year APR scores. Teams must score above 925 in their multiyear rates to avoid potential penalties, including scholarship losses.
Here's a look at the numbers:
Ohio State: 975
Penn State: 974
Michigan State: 941
The national multiyear APR average for football went up four points to 944.
Here are the 2008-09 APR rates for each Big Ten football team:
Michigan State: 946
Northwestern: 1,000 (perfect score)
Ohio State: 991
Penn State: 975
Northwestern finished fourth nationally among FBS teams in APR scores, behind Rutgers, Air Force and Rice.
Here's where some of the Big Ten expansion candidates finished for multiyear scores:
Notre Dame: 978
Rutgers: 992 (No. 1 nationally)
Georgia Tech: 967