Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

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Gophers receive passing marks -- and then some -- in latest APR report

Posted by: Joe Christensen under NCAA Updated: May 14, 2014 - 2:20 PM

The Gophers athletics department received passing scores – and then some – Wednesday, as the NCAA released its latest Academic Progress Rates (APR) report.

All 25 Gophers teams exceeded the 930 multi-year score required to avoid penalties such as a loss of scholarships. The men’s basketball team and men’s hockey team were among 18 Gophers programs that recorded perfect 1,000 scores for the 2012-13 school year.

The Gophers football program posted a 994 score for that year, matching its record from the previous year.

The annual APR report offers a snapshot of each program’s academic success. The latest NCAA multi-year numbers examine the school years from 2009-10 through 2012-13.

In 2009, under then-coach Tim Brewster, the Gophers football team lost three scholarships when it posted a 915 multi-year APR. The team’s latest multi-year APR score is 962, which still ranks toward the bottom of the Big Ten but is tracking up.

Here’s a link to the Gophers’ full APR release, with a breakdown for each program.

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