Danario Alexander, Sean Weatherspoon and Zaire Taylor are just three examples of Mizzou's success in the classroom this year.
June 9, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 2009-10 season has seen a lot of success for the University of Missouri on the field, with a Big 12 Conference soccer championship, to go with a Women’s College World Series appearance by the softball team, as well as a first-ever NCAA Gymnastics Championship team appearance. Throw in a school-record fifth-consecutive bowl game in football and a second-straight appearance in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as just a couple more of the team highlights which have kept Tiger fans proud this year.
The season just got even more successful, however, as the NCAA has released its Academic Progress Rates for all sports, and the University of Missouri is once again near the top of the Big 12. Seven of Mizzou’s 20 sports led the Big 12 in APR, which is second-most in the league, trailing only Texas (nine leaders). Missouri had 11 of its 20 programs rank among the Big 12's top three overall, and all but two of Missouri’s sports ranked above the All-Division I national average.
The seven sport leaders for MU included women’s golf (APR of 1,000 for the second-straight year), women’s basketball (1000), women’s swimming and diving (996), women’s gymnastics (991), women’s indoor track and field (989), women’s outdoor track and field (989) and men’s swimming and diving (980). The highest APR score possible is 1,000.
Here’s the Big 12 rankings of schools with the most APR leaders in their respective sports:
- Texas (9)
- Missouri (7)
- Kansas (3)
- Nebraska (2)
- Iowa State (1)
Oklahoma State (1)
Texas A&M (1)
The APR was developed by the NCAA in 2004 to measure the academic progress and performance of athletic programs at member institutions. The multi-year average for the latest Academic Progress Rate Report spans the last four years and institutions are awarded points when a student-athlete remains academically eligible for competition and when he or she either returns to the institution the following semester or graduates. A maximum of two points per student/per semester is awarded.
In addition to the seven Big 12 leaders, the Tigers ranked second overall in football, men’s indoor track and field, and men’s cross country, while the Tiger men’s basketball, softball, wrestling, baseball, soccer, men’s golf, men’s outdoor track and field and women’s cross country teams each ranked in the top five within the conference. The football program finished just four points out of the Big 12 lead (Oklahoma – 962) with its score of 958.
All 20 of Mizzou's sports met or exceeded the APR requirements for the 2007-08 academic year, as well as the multi-year average. Two sports, women's golf and women’s basketball, recorded a perfect score for the 2008-09 academic year and earned public recognition from the NCAA.
“Our student-athletes continue to do an exemplary job in the classroom,” Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student Services Bryan Maggard said. “This is certainly a testament to them, our coaches, academic support staff, and faculty. These accomplishments are something the entire University can take great pride in,” Maggard said.
The NCAA does not penalize an institution for student-athletes who remain academically eligible but did not return to the institution due to circumstances beyond the student and/or institution's control. Examples of this include student-athletes who leave to pursue professional athletics, suffer from incapacitating physical or mental illness, or experience extreme financial difficulties as the result of a specific event such as a death in the family. Complete information on the APR Report can be found at the NCAA's website, www.ncaa.org.
Mizzou Women's Sports
Mizzou Men's Sports
(Big 12 Rank)
(Big 12 Rank)
|** Basketball (1st)||1,000||966||Baseball (4th)||972||954|
|Cross Country (4th)||994||974||Basketball (5th)||979||940|
|** Golf (1st)||1,000||981||Cross Country (2nd)||995||967|
|Gymnastics (1st)||991||985||Football (2nd)||958||944|
|Soccer (4th)||978||976||Golf (5th)||988||969|
|Softball (4th)||987||972||Swimming & Diving (1st)||980||970|
|Swimming & Diving (1st)||996||981||Track & Field (Indoor) (2nd)||966||957|
|Tennis (9th)||962||978||Track & Field (Outdoor) (3rd)||966||959|
|Track & Field (Indoor) (1st)||989||967||Wrestling (4th)||958||954|
|Track & Field (Outdoor) (1st)||989||969|
|Volleyball (7th)||972||976||** - Received public NCAA Recognition|
Additionally, when the Big 12 ranking for all schools is averaged out, Mizzou stands head and shoulders above the majority of the conference. The Tigers’ average finish among Big 12 schools for both the men and women is second in the league, and when combined, they easily place second as well, far outdistancing third place and below. Here’s a look at the data:
Men’s Average APR Sport Ranking Within Big 12 (Top-Three Listed)
- Texas (2.89)
- Missouri (3.11)
- Kansas (4.86)
Women’s Average APR Sport Ranking Within Big 12 (Top-Three Listed)
- Texas (2.50)
- Missouri (3.09)
- Nebraska (4.82)
Combined Average APR Sport Ranking Within Big 12 (Top-Three Listed)
- Texas (2.68)
- Missouri (3.10)
- Nebraska (5.20)
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