Florida Gators athletics post high APR scores in academics

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida athletics once again posted high marks across the board in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, announced Wednesday by the NCAA. Every Gator team scored above a 970 out of 1,000.

Last week, four Florida teams were celebrated as their APR scores were in the top 10 percent of their sport. Women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis all scored a perfect 1,000, while men’s basketball was also recognized with a 990 that rated among the top 10 percent.

“In athletics, we keep score, not just on the playing field but also in the classroom,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “These recent APR scores show that University of Florida student athletes not only win championships, but perform at a high level in their academic pursuits.”

Thirteen of the 19 sports posted the same or better score compared to last year’s APR, and 13 UF teams also met or exceeded the sport’s national average. Notably, Florida’s football team achieved a 980, compared to the sport’s national average of 962, while men’s basketball’s 990 was also far ahead of the sport’s national average of 966.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship, accounting for eligibility, retention and graduation. The current batch of scores are multi-year rates based on the four years from the 2012-13 academic year through the 2015-16 academic year.

To compete in 2017-18 postseason action, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR in this report. This is the 13th year of the APR.

Florida Team-by-Team APR Scores
Baseball

974

Basketball (Men’s)

990

Basketball (Women’s)

974

Cross Country (Men’s)

993

Cross Country (Women’s)

983

Football

980

Golf (Men’s)

993

Golf (Women’s)

1000

Gymnastics

991

Lacrosse

998

Softball

997

Soccer

990

Swimming & Diving (Men’s)

975

Swimming & Diving (Women’s)

983

Tennis (Men’s)

1000

Tennis (Women’s)

1000

Track & Field (Men’s)

971

Track & Field (Women’s)

972

Volleyball

995

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Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.