published Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

All UTC athletic programs meet NCAA academic benchmarks; 12 teams have perfect APR scores

For the second time in less than a week the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic department received good news for its athletes' academic accomplishments. When the NCAA released the latest APR report Wednesday afternoon, a total of 12 UTC programs had perfect single-year APR scores of 1,000 and all 17 athletic programs were well above the NCAA minimum of 930.

Single-year scores released were from the 2012-13 academic year, and this is the third consecutive year the Mocs had at least nine programs with perfect 1,000 scores. They had nine teams with a perfect single-year score in 2011-12 and a school-record 13 in 2010-11.

"We continue to post some impressive academic numbers, and that is a testament to the hard work of our student-athletes," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn said. "We want to build a program that is successful in the classroom, in competition and in the community, and I think you are certainly seeing that this academic year."

Of the 17 sports at UTC, 11 have scores higher than the national average, while 16 of the 17 teams improved from last year. The football Mocs, who were once a victim of APR penalties, have now risen 12 points above the national average to 963.

Earlier in the week, the UTC athletic department reported that its student-athletes compiled a school record 3.07 grade-point average for the just completed spring semester, surpassing the 3.0 mark for the first time in program history.

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