Clemson football showing uncommon tie between academics, on-field success

May Graduation - Rod McDowell (Football)

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May Graduation - Rod McDowell (Football)

Clemson, SC—Clemson’s football program has an APR score of 985 according to data released by the NCAA on Tuesday, tied with Wisconsin for the highest among the top 25 US News and World Report Public Institutions. Clemson was tied for fourth in the nation among all FBS schools, trailing only Northwestern, Boise State and Duke.

The Clemson football program’s APR score has improved every year. The 985 score was second best in the ACC behind Duke (989). Northwestern had the best in the nation at 996, followed by Boise State at 993. Clemson was the only program to rank in the top 10 of the final USA Today poll and post an APR score of at least 980 this year.

Overall, 13 of Clemson’s 19 sports had APR scores of 975 or better, tied for the most on record for one academic year (2009-10). All 19 sports were over the 930 threshold set by the NCAA.

Five Clemson programs had their highest APR scores on record (since 2004-05). The men’s golf program had a 1000 perfect score to tie for the program’s best. The football team’s 985, the baseball team’s 982, the men’s basketball team’s 973 and the women’s diving program’s 989 were also best on record.

The 1000 APR score for Larry Penley’s golf program was its third perfect score, the only perfect scores for a Clemson program since the APR data began.

Other Clemson programs that posted at least a 975 were Men’s cross country (975), Men’s Swimming (979), Men’s Tennis (976), Women’s Cross Country (977), rowing (975), women’s soccer (984), women’s indoor track (977), women’s outdoor track (977) and volleyball (983).

It was the sixth consecutive year Jolene Hoover’s volleyball team has posted at least a 984 score. Only the Clemson golf program can also make that claim.

The 2013 report released today features a four-year compilation of APR data from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. The APR uses a series of formulas related to student-athlete retention and eligibility to measure the academic performances of all participants who receive grants-in-aid on every team at every NCAA Division I college and university. A 1000 is a perfect score.

Football National Leaders in APR Scores among FBS Schools

1. Northwestern Big 10 996

2. Boise State WAC 993

3. Duke ACC 989

4. Clemson ACC 985

Wisconsin Big 10 985

6. Georgia Tech ACC 983

7. Boston College ACC 982

Ohio State Big 10 982

Missouri SEC 982

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