Florida’s APR scores strong again

Robbie Andreu
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Overall, University of Florida athletes continue to excel in the classroom.

Once again, every UF sports program has received high marks in the Academic Progress Rate that was announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.

A week after five UF teams — men’s basketball, women’s golf, gymnastics, lacrosse and volleyball — were recognized by the NCAA for being ranked in the top 10 percent of their sport, the full APR report was released, and it’s all good for the Gators.

“Last week, we announced an overall student-athlete GPA of 3.40 for the spring semester— the highest in program history,” UF athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “Now today’s APR is another example of the Gator student-athletes’ commitment to their academic performance.”

Fourteen UF teams exceeded or equaled its sport's national average, including football with a score of 974, which is six points higher than the national average. Men’s basketball blew away the national average of 966 with a score of 995.

Fourteen sports had a score of 980 or higher, with four programs — women’s golf, gymnastics, lacrosse and volleyball — scoring a perfect 1,000.

Success in the classroom is paying off for schools now. Literally.

Starting this year, a portion of NCAA revenue is being distributed to members based academic achievement, including APR scores. UF meets two of the criteria to qualify for revenue — a single year all-sport APR of 985 or higher and an overall all-sport graduation success rate of 90 percent or higher.

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 2015-16 academic year through the 2018-19 academic year.

To compete in 2020-21 postseason action, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR in this report. This is the 16th year of the APR.

Men’s basketball: Florida and Oklahoma have scheduled a home-and-home series for the next two seasons, the Sooners announced Tuesday.

The Sooners will host the Gators on Dec. 2 at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman this upcoming season and will make their first ever trip to Gainesville in 2021.

Oklahoma and Florida have faced off on three previous occasions, including twice in the last four years. The Gators own a 2-1 advantage in the series, while the Sooners won the most recent matchup — a 65-60 victory in the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis.

OU’s Lon Kruger coached the Gators from 1990 to 1996, racking up a record of 104-80 and leading UF to the 1994 Final Four. The Sooners’ return game to Florida in 2021 will be Kruger’s first time back in Gainesville as an opposing head coach.

Other notable 2020-21 nonconference games for the Gators: at Florida State on Nov. 13 and vs. UConn on Dec. 6 at the O’Connell Center. The Gators are scheduled to open the season Nov. 10 vs. Samford in Gainesville.

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