Here’s an academic development that should surprise exactly no one.
… Auburn’s top-ranked football team, which is preparing to play Oregon in Glendale, Ariz., for the national title on Monday, has tumbled in the N.C.A.A.’s most important academic measurement to No. 85 from No. 4 among the 120 major college football programs.
The decline came after the university closed several academic loopholes following a New York Times article in 2006 that showed numerous football players padded their grade-point averages and remained eligible through independent-study-style courses that required little or no work…
Amazing how that works. It’s pretty clear who those loopholes were meant to benefit.
Among all the bowl teams this season, Auburn has the highest disparity in the graduation rates between white players (100 percent) and black players (49 percent), according to a study at the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.
Auburn’s athletic director, Jay Jacobs, declined to comment. The Tigers’ second-year football coach, Gene Chizik, said of his team’s academic performance and support, “We do a great job, so we’re not concerned with that.” When pressed on the issue of graduating black players, Chizik said, “Those are circumstances; there’s all kinds of different things.”
You can see the complete study report here. One can only conclude that there are a large number of Division 1 schools which aren’t facing similar circumstances.
As an aside, notice that there’s one school on the list which managed to graduate its football players at a rate higher than that of
the general student body its overall student athletes: Texas Tech. With data like that, it’s easy to see why Mike Leach can’t find a job. And maybe we should wonder how quickly Tommy Tuberville will work his magic in Lubbock. It’s not like he didn’t leave a trail.