An alert reader sent this bit of news on to me:
Graduation rates for black athletes in football and men’s basketball at Power 5 conference schools are increasing on average, but 40 percent of schools showed declines in such rates during the past two years, according to a new report on racial inequality in college sports.
The report, released Sunday by the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center, shows Power 5 graduation rates for black football and men’s basketball players have increased by an average of 2.5 percent since 2016. Thirty-six schools in Power 5 conferences had increases — by an average of 6.5 percent — led by Kansas State (18 percent), Louisville (18 percent) and Vanderbilt (17 percent). But 40 percent of Power 5 schools have had a decrease in graduation rates among black football and men’s basketball players, with the biggest drops in the past two years occurring at Georgia (15 percent), LSU (11 percent) and Ohio State (11 percent). [Emphasis added.]
Another point of Bulldog pride. Note that it’s concentrated.
Several schools among the lowest graduation rates for black football and basketball players — Ohio State, California, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina — have graduation rates for all athletes that are 25 to 35 percentage points higher.
The study runs through the ’16-’17 academic year, so I’m guessing that doesn’t include the recent crop of early departures from the football team for this year’s NFL draft. In any event, it’s good to see how the Georgia Way adapts with the times. Perhaps the next issue of McGarity’s Minutes can spend some time on the subject.
If they’re not getting paid, at least student-athletes receive a valuable education as compensation for their athletic contributions to UGA.