Bowl Team Graduation Rates Up, Racial Gap Widens

KTVB (Orlando), December 5, 2011

A study of the schools that will take part in the upcoming college football bowl season shows there’s continued academic progress among players on those teams. But it also finds a continued gap between white and African American players.

The report from the University of Central Florida finds the Graduation Success Rate has improved since last year from 67 percent to 68 percent for the student-athletes who play football at those 70 schools.


But while the average success rate for African-American players rose from 60 percent to 61 percent since last year, it’s still far behind the average for white players, which increased from 80 percent to 81 percent.



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  1. dd December 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Who cares if they graduate or not? It’s not like any “educated” black is going to perfect Cold Fusion.

  2. Anonymous December 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    on monday night football, the players are introduced and each says what university he attended. They must leave out the part about whether they graduated or not. Someone tuning in must automatically assume they’ve graduated. Maybe that’s how they got the graduation rate from 80% to 81%. The power of positive thinking. Then again maybe we should spend more time worshiping scholars instead of football players.

  3. Urban Teacher December 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Both of those are high graduation rates. But then athletes get special advisors, counseling, and tutors that non-athletes don’t get. In addition, instructors get periodic requests on the academic performance of the athletes in their classes so that their advisors can catch students before it is too late to bring up their grades. However, some manage to fail in spite of all that.

  4. Question Diversity December 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Yep, it’s December, and the BCS and bowl teams have been announced. I was wondering how much longer it would take for ole Lapchick to start firing up his fax machine. Repeat in mid-March after the basketball tournament teams are announced. Lapchick is so johnny on the spot about it that you can pretty much synchronize your watches to his press releases.

    And my response is always the same. It is not the job of athletic coaches to “graduate” their players because their players are all grown men. The only coaches who are said to have this responsibility are football and men’s basketball coaches, (for some odd, inexplicable reason, wink wink). D-III women’s water polo coaches are never roasted for “graduating” or “not graduating” her players. The faculty sponsor of the chess club also doesn’t seem to have that responsibility.

    Sports coaches are supposed to coach sports. Are they supposed to be quasi-assistant professors or quasi-grad assistant teachers in all the courses all their players are taking on campus? I would no sooner expect that to happen than for the professors to help his or her players who happen to be on the basketball team with their jump shots.

    That same liberal egalitarian who would bemoan the “racism” and the “supremacist attitudes” of certain right-wingers are themselves engaging in racist patronization, and communicating the (very true) message that black scholarship athlete needs to be pushed and prodded and babied as if he were 12 years old (which he probably is in mental capability), and would rather play video games than actually attend the dumbed-down basket weaving that passes as coursework for high-level football and men’s basketball scholarship thespians.

  5. chuck December 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    The racial IQ gap is real and shows itself when comparisons of intelligence are made. It is not a surprise when it comes to academic success…blacks simply are below par.

  6. Awakened December 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    “But while the average success rate for African-American players rose from 60 percent to 61 percent since last year”


    And that’s with the school “assisting” them to graduate.

  7. Anonymous December 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    DAA! Could it be that the white players have higher IQs and better work ethics? To say that would be heresy wouldn’t it?

  8. on the lam from the Thought Police December 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    This is because of white racism, isn’t it?

  9. soren December 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    Um, the “racial gap” didn’t widen… the gap itself stayed the same.

  10. Anonymous December 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    The poor black scores are the result of the legacy of slavery.

    After all, slavery in the US only ended a century and a half ago! Clearly too little time has passed…

  11. Anonymous December 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Could it be related to their SAT scores?

  12. Anonymous December 7, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    61% of black athletes graduating? Even for majoring in simpleton courses like black studies, that is a staggering number. I’m guessing that were given some type of “assistance” or were graded on a curve.

  13. grjp December 7, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    But while the average success rate for African-American players rose from 60 percent to 61 percent since last year, ….

    I’ll bet that 1% is the Housing majors at Georgia Tech.

  14. Deadindenver December 7, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Look over the cumulative GPA’s of College “Swim” teams, then look at what there majoring in and finally there graduation rate. They spend just as much time practicing there sport as the football players yet somehow they manage to not only graduate but maintain above average GPA’s with a far higher percentage majoring in difficult programs such as science and engineering.

  15. Anonymous December 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Imagine a national aptitude test for all college students just prior to graduation. Or for the increasing number that don’t graduate, after four years of college. One would most likely find that a disproportionate number of football and basketball players are below average. This wouldn’t surprise most people.

    You can hear the cries that the test is inherently racist, but why do some think it a fact that athletic prowess and applied intelligence are evenly distributed across a population? Some would argue that those two factors are more often inversely related.

    Of course this is an impossible test, for as we know from civil service testing, no test yet devised by man can adequately show blacks unique intellectual gifts. According to black advocacy groups, SAT and aptitude tests with disparate impact between races are racist. Although even the blacks aren’t able to devise an race-neutral test to their liking. A mystery isn’t it?

  16. Veritas December 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Whether black football players graduate or not is moot–the vast majority don’t deserve to have any kind of degree bestowed upon them because by receiving them they only degrade their worth to those who actually worked and earned them. Black football players are only unpaid mercenaries playing the NFL lottery. I don’t know to what extent scouts look at high school players, but being recruited by a college is usually the one true shot at being noticed by the NFL. Many of us however, still believe a school should recruit from the pool of enrolled male students–on the other hand I’m not naive enough to believe that wouldn’t be rife with corruption and kick backs.

  17. Jim December 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Bowl team graduation rate gap widens? I’ll bet the bowling team gap is even wider! Comment #1 is on the money: Improving black graduation rates is not going to improve black I.Q. It would only result in more poorly educated blacks with useless degrees in P.E., sociology and African-American studies. I worked in the public sector for a time with a former “student athlete” who attended UC Berkeley. He could not write, he thought the sphinx’s nose was “cut off” because it looked “African,” and he loved talking about black organ size.

  18. Shawn (the female) December 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    The ONLY thing that upsets me about this story is that only 81% of white college football players graduate. The rest is a no-brainer because very few black males should even be taking up space at our colleges – they can’t muster a 6th grade academic ability, and have no purpose for being there except for an American Idol chance at the NFL.