Four ACC teams recognized for APR

Boston College, Clemson, Duke and Georgia Tech earned public recognition awards from the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent among all FBS programs in APR.

In all, 13 FBS programs were recognized for their multi-year academic progress rate scores. The complete APR for 2011-12 will be released next week. Clemson was one of six to win the public recognition award and finish the season ranked in the top 25. This is the third straight season the Tigers finished in the top 10 percent in APR.

Georgia Tech football has improved its APR every year under coach Paul Johnson. The Yellow Jackets are in the top 10 percent nationally for the first time since the APR originated in 2003-04.

Duke led the ACC with 15 programs earning the honor.

Boston College was second among league schools with 13 teams honored, followed by North Carolina (5), Wake Forest (5), Miami (3), N.C. State (3), Virginia (3), Clemson (2), Georgia Tech (2), Florida State (2), Maryland (2) and Virginia Tech (2).

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.