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Tennessee football has SEC's worst academic rate

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - 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.

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