The NCAA released the Academic Progress Rate numbers for the 2010-11 school year this week, and the Big 12 did well, even though one school is flirting with some trouble in the future.
APR is a complex formula that's difficult to explain, but here's the explanation from the NCAA's website.
A Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team awards the full complement of 85 grants-in-aid. If 80 student-athletes remain in school and academically eligible, three remain in school but are academically ineligible and two drop out academically ineligible, the team earns 163 of 170 possible points for that term. Divide 163 by 170 and multiply by 1,000 to determine that the team’s Academic Progress Rate for that term is 959.
Yes, that's as unnecessarily complex as it sounds. Oh well. Anyway, it's a rolling four-year figure that's released each year, and teams that score below 925 and have a player who failed academically and left school can lose scholarships. Teams whose APR score drops below 900 face additional sanctions.
Here's how the Big 12's football teams did for the 2010-11 school year, courtesy of the NCAA website (includes Big 12 expats, because they were in the league at the time).
1. Missouri: 972
2. Kansas: 971
3. Oklahoma: 970
4. Nebraska: 966
5. Baylor: 956
T-6. Texas A&M: 946
T-6. Texas Tech: 946
8. Kansas State: 943
T-9. Colorado: 938
T-9. Iowa State: 938
11. Texas: 937
12. Oklahoma State: 928
Careful, Cowboys. Either way, everybody's safe this year.
If you're curious, West Virginia checked in with a score of 953, which would have ranked sixth in the Big 12. TCU, though, had a score of 973, which topped every Big 12 school. Very nice, Frogs.
You can see more data here.