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Illinois basketball, football post high NCAA academic progress rates

Confirmed: Illinois is still smart.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA released their 2014-15 academic progress rates on Wednesday, and -- surprise! -- athletes (and everyone else, probably) from the University of Illinois are still really smart. In fact, football (982) received their best-ever mark while men's basketball (990) tied their high from 2004-05. Men's golf, women's golf, women's tennis, and volleyball also maintained their perfect scores from a year ago.

Other than being an extra source for bragging rights, these numbers don't really mean that much in the grand scheme of things as long as each program scores above 930 to avoid penalties. But the football team's APR may quickly become very important if there aren't enough six-win teams to fill the bowl games. In that scenario, the NCAA would award bids to the five-win teams with the highest APR; you can view that complete order right here.

If you'd like to compare the below numbers to 2013-14, click here.

2014-15 Illinois Athletics APR Scores

Sport Score
Baseball 995
Football 982
Men's Basketball 990
Men's Cross Country 987
Men's Golf 1000
Men's Gymnastics 988
Men's Tennis 965
Men's Track (Indoor) 978
Men's Track (Outdoor) 978
Wrestling 979
Softball 996
Women's Basketball 974
Women's Cross Country 992
Women's Golf 1000
Women's Gymnastics 995
Women's Soccer 994
Women's Swimming/Diving 992
Women's Tennis 1000
Women's Track (Indoor) 988
Women's Track (Outdoor) 988
Volleyball 1000