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2011-12 Pac-12 Football APR Ratings: UCLA Jumps to Number 2 Spot

NCAA’s 2011-12 academic progress ratings (APR) are out. The numbers look good for Jim Mora’s UCLA football program.

Mora's players had a good year in the classrooms.
Mora's players had a good year in the classrooms.
Stephen Dunn

Pivoting off my last post about a Trojan football player getting called a "motherf-r" for going to class, the NCAA released its academic progress ratings (APR) for all schools on Wednesday.

The APR basically measures the kind of job schools are doing wrt to not just retaining student athletes and helping them to meet their goal of graduating over a four year period. As noted on the NCAA's website:

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, such as practice restrictions and restrictions on postseason competition. Rates are based on the past four years' performance.

Here are those thresholds:

In order to compete in the 2013-14 postseason, teams must achieve a 900 multi-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years. The same standard was in place for the 2012-13 academic year. This standard will increase to a multi-year 930, which predicts to a Graduation Success Rate of approximately 50 percent, or a 940 two-year average APR for the 2014-15 postseason. To assist limited-resource institutions, the board gave these schools and their teams more flexibility to meet the standards.

Here is how the Pac-12 programs shaped up for the ratings for 2011-12 academic year:

1. Stanford 978

2. UCLA 966

3. Utah 963

4. Oregon State 957

5. Arizona 956

6. Washington 954

7. Oregon 951

8. Colorado 946

9. Southern Cal 945

10. Washington State 942

11. ASU 937

12. Cal 935

Cal? YIKES. In case you were curious here is how the numbers stacked up last year. Bruins moved up to number 2 spot (Utah was listed at number 2 spot in the ESPN post I just linked but as noted in that post Utah was not a member of the conference during 2010-11 academic year).

More on the APR scores on UCLA's official's website, where not surprisingly Chianti immediately took credit. Pretty amusing because we never hear from Chianti when it comes to explaining how under his leadership UCLA Athletics continues flail away by UCLA standards ... well ... in athletics.