When the top 4 teams were named for this years March Madness tournament, only one of the 4 schools had a graduation rate over 45% for it's men's team. Pitiful. Two of the second seeded teams only graduated 33% of their athletes. And, among the tournament teams there was a 30 point difference between graduation rate between black and white players.
Now I know these numbers have become slightly skewed by kids leaving early for the NBA, but still. The NCAA insists on all references to players including the terms Student-Athletes. Given these numbers, that term might be more than a little disingenuous.
I would love to see coaches held accountable for their graduation rate more than their win-loss record. Say what you will about Bob Knight (and I think he is a detestable bully) his teams always had high graduation rates, and he regards it as his most important metric of success. The NCAA would be well served to adopt this attitude, not to tell us that the sad numbers above are "real progress."
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