SEC Football Graduation Rates; Who Comes In Second?


Who cares about football, right? It’s all about the classrooms….yeah right.

The scores are based on incoming classes from 2001-2002 through 2004-2005.

Okay, so, here’s how the SEC programs’ graduation rates came in for football only:

Vanderbilt: 86
LSU: 77
Florida: 76
Alabama: 69
Georgia: 65
Auburn: 63
Mississippi State: 62
Kentucky: 61
Tennessee: 61
Arkansas: 56
Ole Miss: 54
*South Carolina: 39

South Carolina officials said there was a clerical error submitted to the NCAA that was the cause of the low graduation rates. South Carolina’s percentage is said to increase 16 to 18 points.

The national average was 67, and only four teams are above the national average.

What’s your reaction to these statistics?



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  • Does this include people who went into the NFL early? The numbers may be slightly skewed. I doubt it skews them that much though, and this is sad to read. With academic corruption stories coming up once every few years, this really surprises me. You would think that with the prevelance of these kinds of stories that the graduation numbers would at least be high. It’s all just a really bad bit of news.

    Another area this is relevant to is the pay to play conversation. I’ve always been staunchly against it because I believe that they are getting paid with a great education, free training, and a national stage to basically tryout for the NFL. These numbers make me think that they aren’t even taking full advantage of the pay they get now. What’s worse is that it is the most important part of the pay of which they may not be taking advantage.

  • Let’s consider one other point. If the graduation rate of the universities were 100%, most of these numbers would be bad… BUT, what is the graduation of each university for the enrollment as a whole? There’s a good number of students, other than just football players, who enter college but never graduate.

    • I find myself agreeing with you on this point. We really don’t know how bad/good they are until compared the the student body as a whole from each respective school. I have been told (but I have no evidence to back it up) that 1 out of 2 students that begin college as freshmen don’t graduate. I’m sure it varies from university to university, but if 50% is correct for the general student body, these numbers don’t look so bad (extra tutoring, etc. may be paying off).

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