It was not a touchdown, but it’s also not a sack and fumble.
The NCAA announced its Academic Progress Rate scores Wednesday, and Ole Miss football scored 921, lowest among SEC football programs.
That’s still below the cut-off point for penalties at 925, but it’s a noticeable improvement from last year’s score of 910 that resulted in the loss of three scholarships.
The Rebels will not face scholarship losses this season likely due to their 957 score for this year’s report, which compiles data from the 2008-2009 academic year.
Schools are subject to penalties if they fall below 925 for a period of four seasons that comprise their “multiyear APR” score.
“Enough credit cannot be given to our academic support staff, headed by Karen Schiferl,” Ole Miss athletics director Pete Boone said in a statement. “They work long, hard hours at odd times and make a significant difference in the academic success of many of our young men and women.”
MSU scored above the 925 threshold in every sport, with men’s basketball making a big jump from 913 in last year’s report to 932 in this year’s. That improvement was due to a score of 979 for the 2008-09 academic year – the third-highest score among MSU’s men’s teams.
“Our APR scores confirm the commitment Mississippi State places on developing our student-athletes both in the classroom and on the court or field of play,” athletics director Scott Stricklin said in a statement.
Among SEC schools, MSU’s football score ranks eighth, while the men’s basketball score ranks seventh.
For Ole Miss, men’s basketball posted a multiyear score of 922 – eighth among SEC teams – but a 980 for last year and also will not be penalized. All other Ole Miss sports scored above 925.
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