Ohio State Again Shines With APR Scores

Ohio State athletics continues to show little weakness when it comes to academics numbers. The Buckeyes didn't have any programs docked penalties in the newest APR release Wednesday afternoon, and six programs posted perfect scores. Men's basketball stayed on the rise, as well, while football turned in a solid number.

Today, the NCAA released the latest APR (Academic Progress Rate) numbers for classes finishing up in 2012-13, and as usual, Ohio State doesn't have much to worry about.

The low bar for penalties in the APR is a score of 925, but the football team checked in at 972 and men's basketball was at 977 and women's basketball came in at 976.

For men's basketball, this is a program high; the score has gone up every year since scoring 902 in the 2005-06 numbers and losing two scholarships when the 2007-08 numbers came out.

The mark of 972 is actually football's lowest score in five years (OSU scored 982 a year ago) but the program is nowhere near a spot of worry. The newest mark ties for fifth in the Big Ten with Indiana behind Northwestern (991), Wisconsin (989), Nebraska (980) and Michigan (975).

Women's tennis, women's volleyball, women's gymnastics, women's cross country, men's golf and men's cross country were perfect with scores of 1000. Last week, those sports received public recognition from the NCAA for their scores.

"This excellent performance speaks to the commitment of our student-athletes toward obtaining their degrees and to the support that they receive from their coaches and our terrific academic support staff," Professor John P. Bruno, Ohio State Faculty Athletics Representative, said. "This recognition from the NCAA demonstrates that our student-athletes are successfully balancing academic benchmarks with the challenges of athletic competition."

In the 10th year of APR data for most teams, the scores provide a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for academic eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

Full APR numbers can be accessed here.

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