LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville football program tied the school record on the field with an almost perfect 12-1 mark. However, the Cardinals were perfect off the field, as they recorded their first-ever perfect 1000 APR score for the 2012-13 campaign.
The school announced nine athletic teams at Louisville that posted a perfect score in the most recent single-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA on Thursday.
"I am thrilled with the current results about the APR," assistant athletic director for academic services Justin Ruffin said. "It is a testament that the expectation at the University of Louisville is to graduate our student athletes and to prepare them for life after sport. This is the highest APR score ever achieved by the football program and I am so proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes."
The nine UofL sports -- including five women's and four men's -- with a perfect 1000 APR score for the most recent 2012-13 figures include men's basketball, football, men's golf, women's golf, women's lacrosse, softball, women's soccer, men's tennis and volleyball.
The football program has made a habit of graduating its players during recent seasons. Over the last four years, a total of 106 football players have earned their degrees, including 29 student-athletes for this current academic year. Louisville had 15 earn their degrees last fall and another 14 last weekend. A record 34 students were named American Athletic Conference academic award winners this season, honoring those with a 3.0 GPA for the year.
First round draft picks, Teddy Bridgewater and defensive end Marcus Smith both earned their degrees this year. Bridgewater, the No. 32 pick by the Minnesota Vikings, earned his degree in three years in sports administration, while Smith, also a sports administration major, was picked No. 26 by the Philadelphia Eagles. Preston Brown, a third-round pick by the Buffalo Bills, also picked up his degree this year.
The 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl champions tied a school record with 12 wins, but also produced the same number of members on the dean's list (3.0 or higher) and also had two student-athletes who were tabbed Dean's Scholar's for perfect 4.0 grade point averages. This season, a total of 55 football players registered a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
All of the 23 Cardinals sports teams -- including 10 men's and 13 women's sports -- have a four-year APR score above 930 and none are subject to any penalties.
Highest 2012-13 APR for FBS Programs
1) Texas - 1,000
1) Louisville - 1,000
3) Air Force - 997
4) Stanford - 995
5) UCF - 994
5) Minnesota - 994
5) Utah State - 994
5) South Carolina - 994
5) Wisconsin - 994
10) Indiana - 991
10) Rutgers - 991