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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State football program has the No. 1 Academic Progress Rate (APR) multi-year score in the nation among the Top 25 teams in the final 2010 USA Today/ESPN Football Coaches Poll. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.

The Buckeyes, who had the No. 1 APR score among the Top 15 teams at the conclusion of the 2009 football season, had a multi-year APR score of 985 to out-perform the rest of the Top 5 that included Boise State (981), Stanford (977), TCU (972) and Central Florida (971). Rankings research was compiled by the NCAA and USA Today and appeared in the May 25, 2011 issue of USA Today.

The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

Ohio State football was one of five Ohio State programs that were honored last month with a public recognition award by the NCAA, with the others being baseball, men’s gymnastics, men’s tennis and women’s tennis. The public recognition awards are given each year to teams scoring in the Top 10 percent in each sport, based on their most recent multi-year APRs.

APR Scores of Top 25 Programs

(Ranking in final 2010 USA Today/ESPN Football Coaches Poll)

1. Ohio State (5) – 985

2. Boise State (7) – 981

3. Stanford (4) – 977

4. TCU (2) – 972

5. Central Florida (20) – 971

6. Missouri (18) – 967

Wisconsin (8) – 967

8. LSU (8) – 966

9. Alabama (11) – 963

10. Oklahoma (6) – 960

11. Nebraska (19) – 958

12. Utah (23) – 956

13. Virginia Tech (15) – 955

14. South Carolina (22) – 954

15. Mississippi State (17) – 952

16. Nevada (13) – 943

17. Oklahoma State (10) – 942

18. Oregon (3) – 941

19. Auburn (1) – 940

Texas A&M (21) – 940

21. Michigan State (14) – 938

22. Arkansas (12) – 937

23. Florida State (16) – 932

24. North Carolina State (25) – 929

25. Maryland (24) – 922

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