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Tennessee football has SEC’s worst academic rate

June 12th, 2013 - By Steve James

Tennessee football ranks last

in the Southeastern Conference in how the NCAA measures academic

progress, and the Vols are at risk of being punished if they don’t

improve quickly.

The Vols have a ranking of 924 in academic progress

measured over the past four years by the NCAA. Currently, schools

must be at least at 900 to avoid penalties. That figure jumps to

930 next year to measure eligibility, retaining students and

graduation.

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said Tuesday in a statement

that the Vols have done everything to address the issues with the

football program.

Tennessee football players had a 2.8 grade point

average this spring under new coach Butch Jones, their highest for

a spring semester since the school started measuring it on a

sport-by-sport basis in 2003.