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Falcon football second in nat’l academic prowess

From Athletic Communications


The Air Force Academy football team has the second-highest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) of any team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, according the a report issued today by the NCAA.

The program’s 988 ranks second only to Rutgers, who had a 992, among the 120 FBS football playing schools. The multi-year APR is for the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-89 academic years.

Air Force’s number is easily the best within the Mountain West Conference. TCU is second with a 968 while Utah is third at 949. Colorado State is fourth with a 945 followed by BYU (940), New Mexico and UNLV (934), San Diego State (931) and Wyoming (928).

The Academy is also the highest ranking service academy, as Navy posted a 973 and Army a 964. The remainder of the top five nationally shows Rice third with 987, Northwestern fourth at 986 and Duke fifth at 983.

“This is hands down the finest accomplishment in all of college football,” said Air Force head football coach Troy Calhoun. “There should be no hesitation to identify educational achievements along with character development in major conference intercollegiate sports.”

“The Air Force Academy is a very challenging leadership school; and yet, the determination and perseverance of these cadets with the support of our outstanding faculty and staff moved them beyond the necessary standards of the Academy,” said Coach Calhoun, a 1989 Air Force Academy graduate who played and coached at the Academy, and has also coached at Ohio, Wake Forest and the NFL. “It’s remarkable that a team can have its members take over 18 semester hours of the nation’s most demanding curriculum, prepare to serve our country, and still balance participation as a Division 1 athlete in a major conference.”

Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

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 APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.

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