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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Mizzou, South Carolina lead APR rankings

By Chris Low

None of the SEC football teams lost practice time because of a low Academic Progress Rate (APR) score similar to Oklahoma State. But since we're always keeping score in the SEC, we've compiled a ranking of the latest multi-year APR scores in the SEC.

Yes, we do pay attention to academics (occasionally) in the SEC. Seriously, nine of the 14 schools in the SEC exceeded the national football average of 951. Missouri and South Carolina tied for the SEC's highest multi-year football score in the most recent NCAA report, each with a 980. Tennessee had the lowest with a 932. Teams must meet the minimum multi-year standard of 930 to avoid penalties.

Of note, the three SEC football teams with the lowest multi-year APR scores in the most recent NCAA report -- Kentucky (937), Arkansas (935) and Tennessee (932) -- have combined to win just five conference games over the last two seasons.

Tennessee was one of nine schools in the league to see its multi-year APR score improve from the previous year. The others were Auburn, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Here's an SEC ranking of the latest multi-year APR scores:

T-1. Missouri: 980
T-1. South Carolina: 980
3. Alabama: 975
T-4. Mississippi State: 974
T-4. Vanderbilt: 974
6. Texas A&M: 971
7. Florida: 969
8. Georgia: 967
9. Auburn: 965
T-10. LSU: 946
T-10. Ole Miss: 946
12. Kentucky: 937
13. Arkansas: 935
14. Tennessee: 932