Pac-12 in safe academic territory

The NCAA released its latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores on Tuesday, and Stanford led the way while Big Game rival California ended up last.

Berkeley, for golly gosh sakes. You're Cal-freaking-Berkeley.

Cal was so chagrined -- again -- by the numbers it -- again -- released a statement.

"One of the specific reasons behind the hiring of Sonny Dykes as our football coach last fall was his commitment to academic performance," athletic director Sandy Barbour said in the statement. "From the beginning, he has instituted standards for accountability and expectations for the entire team as it relates to academics. It may take some time for the scores to reflect the progress we are making, but it is clear that we are moving in the right direction."

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR -- Academic Progress Rate. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention and provides a picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.

The good news is no Pac-12 team scored below 930. Any team that scored below 925 would be subject to penalties such as scholarship losses and reduced practice time. Even bigger: By 2014, schools that fall under a four-year APR average of 930 could face a postseason bowl ban.

The national average was 949, a number that seven Pac-12 teams exceeded.

By the way, two-time defending national champion Alabama scored 978, same as Stanford. Hard not to respect that.

Here's how the Pac-12 stacked up (four-year rate).

  1. Stanford… 978

  2. UCLA…966

  3. Utah... 963

  4. Oregon State… 957

  5. Arizona… 956

  6. Washington… 954

  7. Oregon… 951

  8. Colorado… 946

  9. USC… 945

  10. Washington State… 942

  11. Arizona State… 937

  12. California… 935

Berkeley! Baaa.

And here are the numbers for only 2011-12 [Edit note: This was added to original post for the sake of clarity].

  1. Arizona... 980

  2. UCLA... 978

  3. Stanford... 977

  4. Washington... 974

  5. Colorado... 969

  6. Utah... 964

  7. Oregon... 963

  8. Washington State... 960

  9. Oregon State... 958

  10. USC... 944

  11. Arizona State... 935

  12. California... 923