24 Bowl Teams Fail Academic Standards
More than a third (38%) of the 64 college football teams headed to bowl games this season have failed to meet academic standards set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, according to an annual report released on Monday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. Last year, more than 40 percent of bowl-bound teams failed to meet the same NCAA standards.
Under an NCAA measurement called the Academic Progress Rate, teams are scored on a scale of 1 to 1,000 based on whether their athletes stay enrolled and make adequate progress toward their degrees. Teams that do not achieve a score of at least 925, which equates to roughly a 50-percent graduation rate, may lose scholarships.
Twenty-four of this season's 64 bowl teams scored lower than 925. Of the teams that scored below 925, more than half came from the largest six conferences.
See the complete list of the 64 teams' Academic Progress Rates.
See the full report here.
From the report, graduation rates for the 64 NCAA Bowl teams:
White football student-athletes: 74.3%
African-American student-athletes: 55.7%