A study by cbssports.com shows that Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is No. 1 in the nation among active Football Bowl Subdivision coaches in terms of Academic Progress Rate.
The site compiled the APR averages for 109 of the 120 FBS coaches using data provided by the NCAA from the 2003-04 academic year through this past year. (The 11 coaches in their rookie year in 2011 were not included because they have not worked a full season.)
Swinney's average APR since he became Clemson head coach in 2008 is 988, best in the nation and two points ahead of second-place Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern. Ken Niumatalolo of Navy is third with a 981 score.
The data is coach-specific. The scores are based on a perfect score of 1000 for the statistic that rates the progress of student-athletes through their career, leading towards graduation.
"There is no secret formula," Swinney said. "It's just a total commitment from all aspects of the administration, the coaching staff and the players. You must have really good policies that everyone understands. We have that here."