The NCAA released its academic progress rate scores on Tuesday, and for the most part, the Big East is faring well.
Rutgers continues to excel at the measurement for athlete retention, eligibility and graduation. The Scarlet Knights, who received public recognition for their four-year APR score last week, finished second in the FBS behind Northwestern with a score of 988. Rutgers was first in the country last year and has been ranked in the top three nationally for four straight years -- the only university to do so.
The national four-year average for football is 946, and six of the eight Big East schools either matched or exceeded that. Teams can incur penalties if they score below 925 and have a student leave school who's academically ineligible. Louisville was subject to that penalty, losing three scholarships for 2011.
South Florida was shaky a few years ago in the APR but has made steady improvement since. In fact, the Bulls' football score took a 22-point jump from the last APR period, which was the largest improvement of any BCS school this year. The football program’s 43-point improvement over the last two years is 14 points larger than the second-best two-year improvement.
Here is the complete list of how Big East schools fared in the latest APR reporting period:
West Virginia: 962
South Florida: 952