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Utah Athletics Perform well in classroom - Score high APR

It's been a great year for Utah athletics on the playing field. Men's basketball returned to the Sweet-16, the football team returned to a bowl game, and was in the top-25 most of the season, the gymnastics program won another Pac-12 title, and the softball team had a great year by making it to Tennessee regional of the NCAA woman's softball tournament.

Today, it was announced by the NCAA that the Utes performed well in classroom this past year, as well. In the report, the big programs (football, men's basketball and gymnastics), all had very good years. Being an alumnus of the University of Utah, it's nice to know that the coaches actually stress academics and represent the university the right way - instead of using the program as a minor league development program for the likes of the NFL or NBA.

Check out the press release from The U that breaks down the results more:

INDIANAPOLIS—The NCAA announced its multi-year Academic Performance Report (APR) for NCAA Division I schools today and the University of Utah was again near the top of the Pac-12 for APR success. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation of all student-athletes on scholarship, and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

The latest multi-year APR calculations include scores from 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. The average for Utah's teams was 983, establishing a new department record and easily exceeding the NCAA minimum requirement of 930.

Gymnastics placed first in the Pac-12 with a perfect multi-year APR of 1000. Earning a perfect 1000 APR for the second year in a row were the men's basketball, volleyball, men's golf and women's tennis teams. Others that received a 1000 APR in 2013-14 were the gymnastics, women's cross country, women's indoor track and women's outdoor track teams.

Football set a new multi-year APR record of 973 with the addition of its 981 APR in 2013-14. It marks the fourth-straight year that football's multi-year APR ranks in the top third in the Pac-12 Conference. Also producing multi-year scores that rank in the top third of the league for their sports were gymnastics (1000), baseball (988), men's basketball (980), men's golf (993), men's tennis (991) and women's indoor track (989).

Thirteen Utah teams improved their multi-year scores from a year ago. Making gains were women's indoor track (+9), women's outdoor track (+8), women's tennis (+6), men's golf (+6), men's skiing (+5), cross country (+5), soccer (+5), volleyball (+5), gymnastics (+4), football (+3), softball (+1), men's tennis (+1) and men's basketball (+1).