Thursday, March 20, 2008


Top-seeded Tennessee leads 12 women’s teams in the NCAA tournament with perfect graduation rates.

A report released Tuesday found the Lady Vols graduated all their players during a four-year period. Other schools with perfect graduation rates from 1997-2001 were Bucknell, Marist, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Robert Morris, San Diego, Syracuse, Texas and Vanderbilt.

Only one men’s NCAA tournament team studied by Richard Lapchick, head of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, achieved perfect graduation success: 12th-seeded Western Kentucky.

“Women have regularly been the best news academically in college sport,” Lapchick said in the report.

Among the No. 1 seeds in the women’s tournament, Connecticut was next with a 92-percent graduation rate, followed by Maryland (71 percent) and North Carolina (64 percent).

The study looked at four freshman classes entering from 1997-2001, giving each six years to graduate. The players studied are no longer on campus, but the report intends to show academic trends.

(AP Photos/Greg M. Cooper/Laura Jacobsen)

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