The University of Tennessee just had good news with the improvement of its Academic Progress Report. For the Volunteer football team, this means that the NCAA won’t be punishing them as the score last year would have been behind the requirement this year. With its 962, the program improved significantly from last year’s 924. Overall, the University is second in the SEC, only being topped by private Vanderbilt University.
Comments from University of Tennessee officials
Here, via Knoxville Channel 8, are comments from University officials on the scores.
“I am extremely proud of the academic achievements of our student-athletes,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “Success in the classroom will serve them well throughout their lives.”
“Our student-athletes at the University of Tennessee continue to achieve at a high level in the classroom,” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “The priority placed on academic excellence continues to pay dividends across all of our programs. Additionally, the improvements in our structure combined with the academic performance of our student-athletes have our football team’s APR score strongly positioned for the future.”
“As I’ve said many times since learning about our recent APR performance, the academic turnaround for our team in 2012-13 and our entire football program is among the greatest victories in the history of Tennessee football,” said head football coach Butch Jones. “Our academic successes are a direct result of the hard work and commitment by our players and our coaching staff, along with improvements within our entire academic structure, led by Dr. Joe Scogin and his outstanding Thornton Center staff.
“We look forward to continued success in the future because of the combination of our academic resources and structure, the priority we place on academic achievement, and our team’s commitment to excellence in the classroom.”
All the University sports program scores
Here are the scores from all University of Tennessee programs.
SPORTS Multi-Year 2012-13
Baseball 934 956
- · Basketball (M) 964 980
- · Basketball (W) 979 955
- · Cross Country (M) 949 968
- · Cross Country (W) 1000 1000
- · Football 932 962
- · Golf (M) 972 1000
- · Golf (W) 991 962
- · Rowing 1000 1000
- · Softball 1000 1000
- · Soccer 973 981
- · Swimming & Diving (M)966 982
- · Swimming & Diving (W)986 971
- · Tennis (M) 973 1000
- · Tennis (W) 1000 1000
- · Track, Indoor (M) 960 968
- · Track, Indoor (W) 993 991
- · Track, Outdoor (M) 960 969
- · Track, Outdoor (W) 993 991
- · Volleyball 988 943
Such a report is good for the University of Tennessee, which like so many schools is feeling heat for athletes to take their academics seriously. While men’s basketball programs still have to worry about the best players leaving after just one year, the rest have to make sure their players are studying. That is why so many colleges and universities are starting to keep reminding everyone that these men and women are student athletes.