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Florida's Graduation Rates Acceptable Under NCAA Standards

GAINESVILLE - The Gators are succeeding on and off the playing field.

The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate report on Wednesday and no Florida team will be penalized, according to the report.

Florida met or exceeded the 925 benchmark set by the NCAA, which represents a graduation success rate of about 60 percent.

But the news isn't all good.

The men's basketball team posted a 917 score, which this year is considered passing under the sqaud size adjustment rule. But squad size adjustments will be eliminated next year.

According to the NCAA's data, 44 percent of men's basketball teams, 40 percent of football teams and 35 percent of baseball teams would have posted APRs below 925 and possibly lost scholarships without the sqaud-size adjustments.

NCAA president Myles Brand is concerned about those numbers. He said APR trends are moving up for football and baseball, but downward slightlyfor men's basketball because of decreases in basketball retention rates.

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year based on the eligibility, retention and graduation of each scholarship athlete.

Three Gator sports, women's golf, volleyball and tennis, had perfect scores.

Here are the numbers for the Gators:

Baseball - 959

Basketball - 917

Men's Cross Country - 980

Football - 961

Men's Golf - 979

Men's Swimming - 972

Men's Tennis - 973

Men's Track (Indoor) -935

Men's Track (Outdoor) - 945

Women's Basketball - 987

Women's Cross Country - 989

Women's Golf - 1000

Gymnastics - 984

Soccer - 962

Softball - 988

Women's Swimming - 971

Women's Tennis - 1000

Women's Track (Indoor) - 973

Women's Track (Outdoor) - 973

Volleyball - 1000 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:16pm]


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