In 2011, the NCAA stripped the University of Maryland's football team of three scholarships because of poor classroom performances. But the program’s Academic Progress Rate has been on the rise since then, coinciding with head coach Randy Edsall's arrival.
The team recorded a 977 in the APR in the latest NCAA data released Wednesday. It’s Maryland football’s best score since the progress reports were first released a decade ago.
The team’s multi-year score – a four-year average – was 950, also a program high. The most recent figures are for the four academic years beginning in 2009-10.
The APR is a measure of whether athletes are on track to graduate. Athletes earn points by returning to their schools, staying eligible or graduating.
Teams must reach at least a 930 average over four years to be eligible for the 2014-15 postseason.
Thirty-six teams -- none from Maryland – were declared ineligible.
Statewide, several programs were penalized, although none seriously. The NCAA said Towson women’s basketball and Maryland Eastern Shore women’s softball and women’s volleyball faced “level one” penalties unless they receive a waiver. Level one means the loss of some practice time.
Towson’s men’s basketball team was barred from the postseason in 2013 because of substandard APR scores. The Tigers returned to postseason play this past season.
The NCAA said the Maryland men's and women’s basketball teams posted multiyear scores of 953 and 959, respectively. That’s up from last year’s scores of 948 and 950.
Maryland said 15 of its 20 sports programs earned single-year APR scores of 970 or higher.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun