"Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people" - NCAA President Mark Emmert, July 23, 2012 when announcing sanctions against the Penn State football program
Mission accomplished, like every other year, Mister President.
The NCAA released its annual report on the graduation rates of its member institutions on Thursday and Penn State student-athletes graduated at a clip of 88 percent. Even more impressive is the tainted Penn State football team, whose brand was put in front the education of its athletes, somehow graduated 91% of its players who entered the university between 2002-2003 and 2005-2006. (Author's note: We need sarcasm font in stories.) That 91% score ranks seventh among FBS schools. Astonishing for such a toxic program.
Other sports receiving above a 90-percent score were men's basketball (92%) and women's basketball (100%).
For comparison's sake, let's a closer look at some of these numbers:
PSU Student-Athlete Graduation Rate: 88% --- Average 80%
PSU Football Graduation Rate (4-year period): 91% -- Average 68%
PSU Football Graduation Rate (2005-06 only) 93% -- Average 60%
The full comparisons between Penn State and the member institutions as a whole can be found in the link above. A full list of percentages for all institutions can be found on the NCAA website or by clicking here. (Psst.... Look at North Carolina's graduation rates while offering fake classes)
There are so many snarky comments to make. There is so much to throw in Mark Emmert's face. I'll let you fine folks do that in the comments.
But, me? Well, I'm just going to leave this here.
Thanks JVP RT "@gopsujeff: PSU Football sets school record with 91% NCAA Graduation Success Rate; 23 points above Div. I avg."— Jay Paterno (@JayPaterno) October 25, 2012
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