HOW UT FARED
UT SPORTS APR
Sport APR D-I avg. Last year
Football 931 948 937
Basketball 962 950 949
Baseball 943 965 938
Cross Country 936 973 936
Golf 959 973 974
Swim/Dive 984 974 975
Tennis 961 973 947
Indoor Track 943 963 932
Outdoor Track 944 965 933
Basketball 1000 970 995
Cross Country 994 981 994
Golf 1000 985 1000
Rowing 998 986 990
Soccer 962 980 953
Softball 964 978 952
Swim/Dive 982 985 977
Tennis 1000 982 1000
Indoor Track 990 974 981
Outdoor Track 990 975 981
Volleyball 989 980 984
Note: Scores are for the period of 2007-08 through 2010-11.
Tennessee's men's and women's sports teams were all safely above the penalty line in the NCAA's latest academic progress rates (APR) issued Wednesday.
That's the bottom line.
The Vols' football score of 931, however, ranked last in the SEC and declined for the fourth consecutive year. Among BCS conference schools, only Louisville (911) and Oklahoma State (928) were lower.
The APR is a predictor of graduation success factoring eligibility and retention of scholarship athletes.
The score is based on a rolling four-year period. The report released Wednesday was for the period beginning in 2007-08 and ending in 2010-11.
Teams lose points for athletes who leave the program and more points for athletes who leave not in good academic standing.
The latter is the dreaded "0-for-2" category. The NCAA's cutoff line for sanctions is 925.
UT's low score for football probably reflects the turnover in head coaches and player attrition during the four-year period of the latest report.
Further interpretation of the numbers can lead to positive or negative spin.
UT's baseball score of 943 tied for last in the SEC, while men's basketball's 962 ranked eighth in the conference.
However, both were all-time highs for those sports since the reports began in 2005. Both programs had been hit with scholarship-reduction penalties in the past.
Three of UT's women's sports — basketball, golf and tennis — recorded perfect scores of 1,000.
The Lady Vols were one of only six BCS league women's basketball programs with a perfect score.
On the UT men's side, swimming scored highest at 984. Basketball's 962 was second.
Football was the lowest sport on campus at 931, down from 937 last year and 944 two years ago.
Football is living on the edge because the NCAA is raising its access line for postseason play to 930 in a few years.
Based on Wednesday's report, 15 teams nationally face postseason bans in 2012-13.
Ten are in men's basketball and include Connecticut, UNC Wilmington (coached by former UT coach Buzz Peterson) and Toledo.
Three football schools facing postseason bans are Hampton, North Carolina A&T and Texas Southern.
Northern Colorado wrestling and Central Connecticut State men's soccer also face bans.
Thirty five programs are due penalties for scores below 900, including restrictions on practice and scholarship reductions.
The NCAA provides adjustments for athletes who transfer with certain grade-point averages and those who leave in good academic standing for pro sports.
This past year 702 athletes were granted adjustments for leaving for pro careers, nearly half of them in baseball.
UT announced its scores Wednesday after the NCAA report was released but did not comment.
Vanderbilt had the top football score in the SEC at 978, followed by Florida (972) and Alabama (970).
Ole Miss set the pace in men's basketball at 990, followed by Alabama (984) and Florida (983). Arkansas was last at 894.
Vanderbilt also led baseball at 996. Auburn matched UT for last at 943.