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Florida State football sets program record for academics

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A huge additional step in flipping the culture in Tallahassee.

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Update: Team sets a program record for GPA:

One year ago, Florida State Seminoles football had the lowest APR (Academic Progress Rate) in all of FBS football:

Now, this wasn’t an indicator of Willie Taggart’s tenure — rather, Jimbo Fisher’s. Taggart made a concerted effort to emphasize academics with this program, and while he made strides, transfers and early departures affected the Seminoles’ score.

From the NCAA:

The APR is calculated as follows:

Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.

A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.

In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.

Teams must earn a four-year average APR of 930 to compete in championships.

Starting in 2012, Florida State’s APR fell each year except for the 2016-17 season, which saw a small rise before sinking to last year’s low. Part of flipping culture is getting players to have a desire to invest and grow themselves in the classroom, part of the “make sacrifices for others’ success” theme head coach Mike Norvell has championed.

“It gives us an opportunity to sacrifice for our team,” he said during yesterday’sChalk Talk” session with Heisman winner Charlie Ward. “Because one of the hardest things to get an 18-22 year-old to do is to sacrifice for someone else. And you know what? It’s pretty hard for a 38-year-old, too. But if we can create those opportunities, it’s a way to be able to show that to your teammates.”

Florida State’s score for the 2018-19 season should be coming within the next week, and based off the academic results of the most recent spring semester, things should be looking up.

The team averaged a 3.1 GPA, with multiple players exceeding that — even with a loaded schedule.