KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The University of Tennessee football program received a passing score from the NCAA on academics, but that may not be the case going forward.
The UT football program scored a 924, which is above the required threshold of 900. Below that, teams face postseason penalties like missed bowl games or scholarship losses.
The 924 score factors in academic achievement for school years 2008-2009 through 2011-2012.
The four-year or multi-year scores are shown to the left. For example, the 2004-2005 score incorporates academic data averaged from the 2001-2002 through the 2004-2005 school years.
In the 2011-2012 year alone, the Vols football team received a score of 909.
While the score is passing this year, the NCAA is expected to raise the required score to 930 for the next school year, meaning the Vols football team will need to raise their score to avoid any penalties.
The UT Athletic Department addressed those concerns in a news release Tuesday afternoon, saying the score will likely improve because of the grades the student-athletics made during the 2012-2013 school year, especially in the spring.
The football team earned a combined 2.80 grade-point average (GPA) in the Spring 2013 semester under new head football coach Butch Jones, the highest average GPA for the program since at least 2003.
Other Vols teams showed strong numbers academically.
Using the multi-year average, the Vols men's basketball team scored a 973 and the Lady Vols basketball team scored a 990.
Lady Vols golf, the Vols rowing team and the women's tennis team all received a perfect score of 1000. All three teams earned APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.
The entire 2012 NCAA academic report is available online.
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