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Every fall college football captures nationwide attention, but what escapes our attention is what happens to the players when the season is over. Many of the powerhouse football schools are doing a pathetic job of graduating their players. So is your favorite team well-rounded or one-dimensional? Are they student athletes or tackling dummies? Feel free to use this data to razz your rivals and promote your program… unless you cheer for Washington State or Maryland. Then you’re in no position to trash talk, unfortunately.
And the 2010 BCS Student Athlete Champion is:
Congrats Penn State Nittany Lions!
A few notes about the data:
- Of all the schools listed above, Penn State comes out as the overall winner with a combined student athlete score of 170%. Alabama and Cincinnati are close behind at 167%.
- We’ve only included the 6 largest conferences due to space constraints. If there is a demand, we will revise to include other conferences.
- The graduation rates are the NCAA’s “Graduation Success Rates”, which reflect the percentage of athletes who graduated within 6 years after starting college. The GSR doesn’t count outgoing transfer students, so losing players doesn’t hurt a schools rate.
- Win rates are calculated from the entire season record, not just conference games.
- For comparison, the NCHEMS lists the average U.S. graduation rates for ALL students at 55.9%
- Thanks to the Stanford Scout, ESPN and the NCAA for the data. Long live college football.
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