My apologies

3/14/2010: My apologies for all the sports stuff lately. Here’s a little more, on what it takes to win at college football. Looks like it’s mostly a willingness to recruit players who are not going to graduate. From Scout.com:

The graduation rates in The Bootleg’s analysis are the NCAA’s “Graduation Success Rates” (GSRs), which were introduced four years ago. The Graduation Success Rate reflects the percentage of athletes who graduated within six years after starting college. The GSR doesn’t count outgoing transfer students, so long as they were in good academic standing. So, losing players due to transfer generally does not hurt a school’s graduation rate. Incoming transfers are included in the GSR calculation.
The graduation rates in this analysis are “four class” graduation rates – that is, combined graduation rates for the four most recent classes for which information has been reported. The classes covered by this year’s analysis are the classes that would have graduated in the years 2004 through 2007, assuming a five-year track to graduation.

FOOTBALL
Football Graduation Rates: Pac-10
Stanford 89%
Washington 69%
Cal 64%
Washington St. 62%
Arizona St. 58%
USC 58%
Oregon St. 57%
UCLA 51%
Oregon 49%
Arizona 41%
Bottom 10 Football Grad Rates: Division I-A
San Jose St. 33%
Arizona 41%
Oklahoma 45%
Fresno St. 46%
Hawaii 47%
Florida International 47%
San Diego St. 48%
UAB 48%
Texas 49%
Oregon 49%
Georgia Tech 49%
Eastern Michigan 49%

Oregon has joined Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas in the race for the bottom. As the Ducks’ football fortunes take wing, their graduation rates are flying south.

Grad Rates for African American Football Players: Selected Schools
African American Caucasian Difference
North Carolina St. 43% 94% -51%
Auburn 48% 94% -46%
Arkansas 40% 78% -38%
UCLA 31% 68% -37%
Georgia 48% 83% -35%
Miami 65% 100% -35%
Mississippi 60% 94% -34%
Utah 48% 82% -34%
Texas 37% 69% -32%
Georgia Tech 41% 73% -32%
Oregon 39% 70% -31%
Biggest Difference in Grad Rates Between Football Players and All Students
Major Programs
(Difference of 15% or more)
Football Players All Students Difference
UCLA 51% 89% -38%
Texas 49% 77% -28%
Georgia Tech 49% 77% -28%
USC 58% 85% -27%
Virginia 68% 93% -25%
Cal 64% 88% -24%
Texas A&M 55% 77% -22%
Georgia 57% 76% -19%
Maryland 60% 79% -19%
Michigan St. 56% 74% -18%
Arizona 41% 57% -16%
Oregon 49% 65% -16%
Michigan 71% 87% -16%
Oklahoma 45% 60% -15%
BYU 61% 76% -15%
For an explanation of the calculation of these “graduation rate gaps,”
see the note at the end of the analysis.
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