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UT football takes another hit in NCAA APR

EVAN WOODBERY, GOVOLSXTRA • Aug 11, 2013 at 4:30 AM

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee’s football program is teetering on the brink of serious penalties after another sub-par round of academic numbers were released Tuesday.

UT’s football team scored a 924 in the NCAA’s newest batch of academic progress rate (APR) data. The multiyear rates cover a four-year period from the 2008-2009 through 2011-2012 academic years.

The current NCAA threshold for participating in the postseason is 900. That standard will rise to 930 for 2014, potentially putting the Volunteers in peril but also allowing them time to catch up. School officials expressed confidence that an improved academic focus would help boost UT’s score.

Football is UT’s only sport below the future standard of 930.

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