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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Huskies get passing grades

The formulas for calculating academic success among collegiate sports programs can be a little complicated. Some count transfers against institutions, others don't. When calculating years, there can be some leeway in counting a student as being in good standing even if they did not graduate until a year or two after their class did.

I can say this much about the Graduation Success Rates released by the NCAA on Wednesday, the UConn women's basketball program's mark of 92 percent from 1998-2003 is well ahead of the average mark of 83 percent for women's basketball programs and the 87 percent mark of women's sports programs.

"We’re pretty proud of the fact that kids who come here graduate," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "They enroll for the right reasons. They want to get a great education, they want to prepare themselves for the future and they want to win championships.

"We’re proud of the grade point average that our kids consistently attain. I don’t know that any other school in America that's had three of their basketball players be the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year as we’ve had with Rebecca (Lobo), Jen (Rizzotti) and Maya Moore. I would love to look it up. I don’t have the stats, but I don’t think there’s another college in America playing at the Division I level that’s had three. I think that’s a statement about what we believe in here as a university and what our basketball program stands for."

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which women UConn basketball players who didn't transfer failed to graduate?

10:41 AM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

The only one I know of is Kiersten Walters, who is a class shy of graduating. I'm not sure if Kennitra Johnson was deemed to be in good academic standing when she transferred. UConn will likely be hurt when the next cycle is released since Jessica McCormack will not be graduating from an American college.

11:31 AM 

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