Maryland’s football players are doing a better job in the classroom, according to data released by the NCAA, and as a result, the team won’t be docked any scholarships in the upcoming season.
The Terrapins were penalized with a loss of three scholarships last season because of the squad’s sub-par Academic Progress Rate (APR), a figure compiled by the NCAA that provides a snapshot of the progress students are making toward a degree. At that time, the NCAA’s cut-off for acceptable APR was 925, which correlates to roughly a 50 percent graduation rate.
Based on data submitted for the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons (the final four seasons under former Coach Ralph Friedgen), the football team’s APR increased from 922 to 931 this year. Its most recent single-year score (for 2010-11) was 972 — a marked improvement over the previous year’s 905.
The Maryland men’s cross-country team — which is among eight teams the university plans to eliminate on June 30 as part of a budget-cutting measure — paced the Terrapins in the classroom with a perfect multiyear score of 1,000. That placed it among the top 10 percent of NCAA teams nationally.
The Maryland men’s basketball team was credited with a four-year average APR of 970 and a one-year APR of 961 (2010-11), reflecting the final years of Gary Williams’s tenure. Women’s basketball earned a four-year APR of 956 and a one-year figure of 964.
In addition to men’s cross-country, four other Maryland teams posted single-year marks of 1,000: men’s swimming (also scheduled to be dropped June 30), wrestling, women’s golf and volleyball.