The Arizona football program ranked last in the Pac-12 in Academic Progress Rate for the 2014-15 school year, but UA athletic director Greg Byrne does not believe it’s indicative of a larger problem.

Arizona had an APR score of 916 for 2014-15, by far the lowest in the conference. The UA’s four-year average is 955, well above the 930 threshold that can lead to practice-time reductions, postseason bans and other penalties. That 955 figure does rank 11th in the Pac-12, however.

“Overall, our multiyear APR number is healthy,” Byrne told the Star. “Last academic year, we had a combination of factors with a handful of student-athletes that led to a poor single-year APR number.

“We take this very seriously. For this current academic year, our fall numbers are significantly improved and in fact should be one of our better APR numbers on record. And the spring semester is heading in the same direction.”

Arizona’s 915 score for 2014-15 marked a four-year low. Here are the UA football programs APR scores over the past four years:

  • 2011-12: 980
  • 2012-13: 978
  • 2013-14: 943
  • 2014-15: 915

And here’s how the Pac-12’s football programs stack up:

2014-15 APR

  • Cal 997
  • Utah 997
  • Arizona State 990
  • Colorado 973
  • USC 973
  • Stan 971
  • Oregon 967
  • UCLA 963
  • Washington 962
  • Washington State 962
  • Oregon State 956
  • Arizona 916

FOUR-YEAR AVERAGE APR

  • Stanford 983
  • Utah 983
  • Washington 974
  • UCLA 972
  • Oregon 969
  • Colorado 968
  • Washington State 965
  • Arizona State 960
  • Cal 960
  • USC 959
  • Arizona 955
  • Oregon State 949

Got questions about how APR works? Here’s a handy FAQ.

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Michael is an award-winning journalist who has been covering sports professionally since the early '90s. He started at the Star in 2015 after spending 15 years at The Orange County Register. Michael is a graduate of Northwestern University.