Florida’s APR scores strong again

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Decorated graduation caps litter the crowd of graduates during the commencement ceremony in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on May 4, 2019. [Lauren Bacho/Gainesville Sun]

University of Florida athletic teams continue to have success on the playing fields, courses and courts as well as in the classroom.

All of UF’s 19 teams continue to grade out high in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

Fourteen of the 19 teams exceeded its sport’s national average, including football and men’s basketball.

The football team’s score of 975 is well ahead of the national average of 968, while the basketball team’s score of 995 is among the sports top 10 percent.

 Last week, the NCAA recognized four Florida teams — basketball, men’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s tennis — for having APR scores that ranked in the top 10 in their sport.

Men’s cross country and women’s tennis had perfect scores of 1,000.

“Today’s APR announcement shows the Gator student-athletes’ focus on their academic performance,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “This indicates Florida student-athletes want success in both the academic and athletic arenas.”

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success by tracking eligibility and progress toward graduation of each student-athlete on scholarship. The current report contains multi-year rates based on the four years from the 2014-15 academic year through the 2017-18 academic year.

To compete in 2019-20 postseason action, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR.