Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ohio's Division I football programs make the grade

The NCAA revealed Academic Progress Report scores for 2011-12, and Ohio's 10 Division I football programs have no immediate worries.

All 10 schools earned four-year period scores of 930 or higher. This means no scholarship reductions or postseason bans.

APR scores are based upon eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Four-year scores below 930 are alarming and can lead to penalties ranging from postseason bans to scholarship reductions.

The last time one of Ohio's Division I football programs earned a failing four-year APR score was in 2007-08, when Bowling Green and Kent State posted four-year scores of  920 and 919, respectively. The Falcons lost eight scholarships. The Golden Flashes lost five. Bowling Green posted scores below 930 in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08. Kent State posted scores below 930 in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Both schools have steadied their academic problems. Bowling Green's APR for 2011-12 was 963. Kent State posted a score of 933.

Dayton led Ohio's Division I programs in 2011-12 with a score of 992. The Flyers lowest score since the NCAA released APR information was 977 for 2006-07.

Ohio State, like Dayton, has never encountered APR trouble. The Buckeyes ranked second among Ohio's Division I schools with a four-year score of 982 for 2011-12.

Four-year scores for Ohio's other Division I schools: Toledo (963), Miami (960), Ohio (945) Cincinnati (943), Akron (932) and Youngstown State (927). Here's a look at Ohio's Division I APR football history.

Ohio State's four-year score ranked third in the Big Ten behind Northwestern (996) and Wisconsin (985). Four-year scores for the rest of the Big Ten: Nebraska (972), Indiana (963), Iowa (961), Penn State (961), Illinois (960), Michigan State (955), Minnesota (955), Purdue (953) and Michigan (951).

Minnesota is the only Big Ten school to lose scholarships for a low APR score. The Golden Gophers were reduced three scholarships after posing a four-year score of 915 for 2007-08. Here's a look at the Big Ten's APR football history.

Northern Illinois led the Mid-American Conference with a four-year score of 974 for 2011-12. Here's a look at the MAC's APR football history.

The average four-year APR score for Division I football programs for 2011-12 was 949.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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