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Missouri joins Alabama as the only two SEC football programs recognized by the NCAA for ranking in the top 10 percent in the nation in Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2011-12 academic year.
The NCAA Division I Public Recognition Awards were announced Wednesday, and we on the SEC blog failed to properly recognize Missouri at the time because Missouri was not listed among the SEC schools on the NCAA web site.
Our apologies, and we want to make sure the Tigers get their props.
Despite what outgoing Ohio State president Gordon Gee thinks, there are a few people in the SEC who can "read and write."
Mizzou has consistently ranked near the top of its conference in APR under coach Gary Pinkel. In fact, from the last five senior classes, 93 of 97 student-athletes (96 percent) have gone on to receive their MU degrees. Five members of the 20-member senior class of 2013 have already received their undergraduate degrees and will be playing the upcoming season as graduate students -- offensive lineman Justin Britt (Lebanon, Mo.), defensive lineman Brayden Burnett (Southlake, Texas), defensive lineman Marvin Foster (Forth Worth, Texas), defensive back Randy Ponder (Edmond, Okla.) and linebacker Andrew Wilson (Peculiar, Mo.). A sixth Tiger senior, receiver L’Damian Washington, is expected to join that group as a Mizzou graduate this August.
“We are very proud of this recognition, but really more about the culture that we have here at Mizzou and our focus on academics,” Pinkel said. "The support system that is in place here is second to none, and that allows our young men and for their families to know that they will leave as college graduates. From our outstanding faculty, to our Total Person and Life Skills program, there are a lot of top-notch people who come together and make it an extremely successful environment at Mizzou. We’re certainly very grateful for their efforts."
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