June 11, 2013
WACO, Texas - Baylor football was tied for first among Big 12 institutions with an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 962 through the 2011-12 academic season, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) announced.
The football program's APR has improved each of the last five years under head coach Art Briles. In the season prior to Briles' arrival, BU held an APR score of 930, but that increased to 945 in 2008-09, 951 in 2009-10, 956 in 2010-11 and 962 in 2011-12.
The current mark of 962 is equal to the score recorded by TCU and better than the other eight Big 12 schools.
Last season, Baylor had 17 student-athletes earn Academic All-Big 12 honors, including 11 who were recognized on the first team. Meanwhile, quarterback Nick Florence was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America first team.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The multi-year score is calculated by using a four-year rolling average.
In the latest NCAA APR report, based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years, every Baylor program registered an APR score of at least 962, no teams are subject to penalty and 12 of 17 teams equaled or surpassed their 2012 APR score.
Baylor opens the 2013 season and its final one at Floyd Casey Stadium with an Aug. 31 game against Wofford.
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