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Monday, January 05, 2009

Is there an 'F' in Stoops?

A recent study released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) detailing graduation rates for this year's college bowl teams has been posted on several websites.

At the top of the list of programs graduating a high percentage of players are the usual suspects. Notre Dame, Navy, Air Force, Boston College, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern are all at the top of the list. Nebraska is near the top graduating 78% of its football players.

The three programs graduating the lowest percentage of players are (in order) Arizona, Hawaii, and Oklahoma. All three graduate less than 46% of their players. Congrats to the Stoops brothers for making sure they put the "student" in "student-athlete." Having some of the lowest graduation rates makes some sense for programs placing a high percentage of underclassmen in the NFL.

That might explain how Oklahoma is ranked so low. But Arizona? That program's been doomed since Sports Illustrated featured the "Desert Swarm" defense on the cover of its 1994 college preview edition.

On a positive note, Mark Stoops, currently Mike's defensive coordinator, looks like a perfect fit at Hawaii, should that job ever open up.