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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State one of two Division I football programs with perfect multi-year APR score

IMG_7408by:Andy Backstrom06/05/24

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Ohio State one of two Division I football programs with perfect multi-year APR score

Ohio State and Harvard: Those are the only two Division I football programs with a perfect multi-year Academic Progress Rate score of 1,000 for the 2019-23 academic years, according to NCAA D-I academic progress rate data released Tuesday.

“Obviously, the perfect score by our football program is eye-popping,” Ohio State Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. John Davidson said in a statement. “It leads the Big Ten and is matched only by Harvard across the entire nation.

“Beyond that, though, the concern with academics that undergirds our athletics department’s culture is evident across the board: three-quarters of our programs sit at 990 or above. This reflects the attention paid to success in school not just by students and academic counselors but by coaches in their recruiting and their mentoring.”

2024 marks the 20th year APR data is available for most teams. The scores track academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. As a result, APR can measure the academic standing of a varsity team by taking into account academic eligibility, retention and graduation — student-athletes can earn one point for staying in school and one point for remaining eligible, or having graduated, at the end of each academic term. To get a team’s APR, you take that team’s total points and divide them by points possible and then multiply that number by 1,000.

The most recent APR scores are made up of a multi-year rate, in other words the average of a team’s scores from the 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years.

There are 31 varsity sports at Ohio State. Nine notched perfect multi-year scores of 1,000, including football. As far as the cross-sport multi-year rate goes, Ohio State posted a 989, the same as the Buckeyes’ departmental 2022-23 single-year rate.

A total of 18 Buckeyes programs logged perfect APR scores for the 2022-23 academic year. That list includes men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse, rifle, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and wrestling.

“Buckeye student-athletes and athletic programs have again done us proud in their academic work,” Davidson said in a statement. “After posting a record Graduate Success Rate (GSR) in Autumn 2023, the most recent APR data shows that, despite an increasingly complex transfer landscape, our retention and eligibility numbers are extremely strong and every program is well positioned for the future.”

In-state running back Bo Jackson commits to Ohio State

New Ohio State running backs coach Carlos Locklyn has his first commit.

Four-star Cleveland (Ohio) Villa Angela-St. Joseph running back Bo Jackson pledged to the Buckeyes Tuesday, fresh off his official visit to Columbus this past weekend. Jackson is the No. 73 overall prospect, and the No. 4 athlete, in the 2025 class, according to the On3 Industry Ranking.

Get the story here, including what Jackson said after his OV with the Buckeyes.

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