Mixed APR results for Cal

While APR for Cal basketball matches the NCAA average, 2010-11 score continues downward trend on the gridiron.

California football posted the second-worst Academic Progress Rate in the Pacific-12 Conference for the four-year period ending in the 2010-11 academic year, continuing a precipitous drop, according to figures released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

In 2007-08, California's score of 970 out of 1,000 was the second-best APR in the conference, but four years later, it has dropped all the way down to 936. That put coach Jeff Tedford's program ahead of only Washington State (933) in the Pac-12.

In basketball, Cal recorded a 950, matching the NCAA norm, and finishing ninth in the Pac-12 for 2010-11.

While athletic director Sandy Barbour was pleased by the overall performance of the program, noting 10 teams recorded perfect scores, she said there is always room to improve.

"Yet no matter the level of success, all of us in Cal Athletics must continue to strive and find ways to improve in all facets of our academic performance to help ensure that each our teams and student-athletes reaches the level of the achievement expected in Berkeley," Barbour said in a statement. "This objective extends to all of our programs, and we continue to collaborate with our coaches, administrators and academic support staff to not only provide, but enhance, the resources necessary for scholastic fulfillment."

The NCAA instituted the APR in 2003 to improve academic performance. Teams that fail to meet certain thresholds can be stripped of scholarships and postseason eligibility.

Four-year APR scores Pac-12 for football and basketball

Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and covers the Pac-12 for Fox Sports/Scout.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.

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