Coach Meyer's programs achieve academically
May 14, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that 44 Ohio State football players had a grade point average over 3.00 for the winter quarter, head coach Urban Meyer’s first at Ohio State, and a total that is second-most by the football team in the last five academic quarters.
It also isn’t surprising because Meyer’s student-athletes and his programs, historically, achieve academically.
Meyer’s eight teams that have been rated with an Academic Progress Rate score – two at Utah and six at Florida – have a fine, single year average APR score of 966. This figure is not only considerably higher than the average Division I football score of 936 between 2003 and 2010, but it also places Meyer second among all coaches who have led a team to a BCS championship game.
While the single-year score is based on the number of student-athletes on that team, the multi-year APR provides the most accurate average APR for coaches who have been at an institution four consecutive years. And even using the multi-year average, Meyer’s last four Florida teams have the second-highest APR among championship game coaches with a 975 score.
Furthermore, for six consecutive years Meyer’s Florida teams were in the Top 3 in the Southeastern Conference in both Academic Progress Rate scores and graduation success rates.
“We can and should expect our football student-athletes to continue to achieve success in the classroom,” said Professor John P. Bruno, the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative. “Coach Meyer brings high academic standards and values to Ohio State. By any metric used for monitoring the academic progress of student athletes (i.e. GPA, APR score, or Graduation Success Rate), it is clear that Coach Meyer’s teams, at each of his institutions, have been among the most successful in the country.”
Meyer’s student-athletes are academic achievers.
Here is a closer look at the APR scores (from NCAA.org) at the University of Florida between 2004-2010 – Meyer arrived in Jan. 2005 – and a few notes:
It’s crystal clear by the numbers: Coach Urban Meyer is serious about the academic achievements of his student-athletes.