Stanford Has Smart Athletes

Dave FowkesContributor IMay 8, 2009

18 Nov 1995:  Running back Mike Mitchell of the Stanford Cardinal leaps over an offensive lineman as he carries the football during the Cardinal's 29-24 victory over the California Golden Bears at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.  Mandatory Credi

Here is some breaking news: Stanford football has smart athletes.

The NCAA released the latest "Academic Progress Rate" report. Stanford football earned a 984 to lead the country. The 984 put Stanford above Air Force, Duke, Rutgers, and Rice rounding out the top five.

The complete report can be found on the NCAA Web page.

The APR is a measure the NCAA comes up with based on eligibility, retention and graduation numbers over a four year span. These numbers released cover students from 2004 through 2008.

Stanford received a "Public Recognition Award" for its high standards. The Cardinal athletic program as a whole dominated yet again with a few programs receiving perfect scores.

Stanford football 984 led the Pac-10 football schools with Cal being runner up at 970. USC, Washington, UCLA, ASU, Oregon, OSU, Arizona and Washington State with a 918 round out the Pac-10.

Schools that do not score in the 900's receive penalties from the NCAA and the true offenders could receive sanctions that include scholarship losses.

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