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June 22, 2012The NCAA released less than a week ago the latest APR scores which reflect the retention and graduation of scholarship athletes.
The scores released for the 2010-11 school year comprises a four-year period. Therefore, these results reflect statistics for scholarship athletes in the following academic years - 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Each scholarship athlete can earn two points for each semester - one point for remaining enrolled and one point for being academically eligible. If an athlete would transfer at the end of the spring semester in good academic standing, he/she would earn three of a possible four points for the school year.
It is most interesting to examine these scores for the four most visible sports in the Southeastern Conference - football, men's basketball, baseball and women's basketball. There is no surprise that Vanderbilt performed the best in these four sports with the highest scores in football and baseball.
At the bottom of the SEC in these four sports is Arkansas, which finished no higher than tenth in three of them. The Razorbacks' baseball team was seventh among SEC schools in APR scores.
The Arkansas men's basketball team would have been ineligible for the postseason next season, but its score for the past two years was high enough to avoid penalties.
Both the LSU men's and women's basketball programs had their struggles on the court during this four-year period. The four years in men's basketball included John Brady's last year as coach and Trent Johnson's first three years. The four years in women's basketball were under coach Van Chancellor.
The men's team saw Brady get fired and Johnson have two teams which finished last in the SEC standings. The men's team APR was 11th in the conference - ahead of only Arkansas. The women's team saw its record decline each year. Its APR score was 10th in the SEC.
The football team's APR score was sixth in the conference. Credit must go to Florida (second) and Alabama (tied for third), which posted good APR scores while also having great success on the field.
Coach Paul Mainieri's baseball program registered the highest APR scores among these four spots during this four-year period. The baseball team was second in APR - trailing only Vanderbilt.
Four schools finished in the top third of the conference in APR scores in three of these four sports - Alabama (all but women's basketball), Florida (all but baseball), Ole Miss (all but football) and Vanderbilt (all but women's basketball).
Here are the most recently released APR scores for SEC schools in the four most visible sports The maximum score is 1000.
South Carolina: 966
Mississippi State: 959
Ole Miss: 933
Ole Miss: 990
South Carolina: 968
Mississippi State: 965
Ole Miss: 976
Mississippi State: 953
South Carolina: 953
Ole Miss: 995
Mississippi State: 975
South Carolina: 960