Georgia football ranks No. 2 in SEC behind Vanderbilt — in graduation rate

ATHENS – Georgia’s football team ranked second in the SEC, behind Vanderbilt, in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) statistics released today by the NCAA.

Georgia had a 68-percent graduation rate in football for the freshmen classes and transfer students of 2000 through 2003, according to the figures released today.

The NCAA releases the figures annually for rolling four-year survey periods. Georgia’s football graduation rate was up from 57 percent in last year’s figures.

In all sports, Georgia athletes posted a 77-percent graduation rate in the figures released today, up from 75 percent a year ago. UGA said this year’s figures are the Bulldogs’ highest since the GSR was implemented in 2005, with eight teams (football, men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s cross-country/track, women’s golf, soccer, softball and women’s swimming/diving) improving from a year ago and three other teams (men’s swimming/diving, gymnastics and women’s tennis) maintaining their perfect 100-percent scores.

Georgia’s lowest score was in men’s basketball (36 percent, up from 18 percent in last year’s figures).

Georgia provided this breakdown of its results in the GSR figures released in each of the past four years:

UGA Graduation Success Rate Report

Sport 2007 2008 2009 2010

Baseball 61 62 65 63

Men’s Basketball 19 23 18 36

Men’s Cross Country/Track 45 67 69 68

Football 41 48 57 68

Men’s Golf 78 75 88 89

Men’s Swim/Dive 88 92 100 100

Men’s Tennis 83 88 82 73

Women’s Cross Country/Track 69 64 72 75

Women’s Golf 67 71 86 88

Women’s Gymnastics 93 92 100 100

Soccer 90 89 85 92

Softball 73 74 82 91

Women’s Swim/Dive 90 91 84 86

Women’s Tennis 100 100 100 100

Volleyball 91 100 92 91

Women’s Equestrian N/A  N/A 91 68

139 comments Add your comment

bucket

October 27th, 2010
1:06 pm

So apparently there is a direct correlation between winning and graduation rates! The more players you graduate the less you win!

Bubba

October 27th, 2010
1:09 pm

Yeah look at GT

Dawg '94

October 27th, 2010
1:12 pm

As an alum, I am proud of this. GO DAWGS!!! What about Awburnt A&M?

Tick Tock

October 27th, 2010
1:12 pm

Tech’s graduation rates, at least in football, are nothing to brag about. It’s a complete myth that recruits sign with Tech “to get a great education.” They drop/fail out at rates similar to almost every other school.

Sammy Dawg

October 27th, 2010
1:22 pm

Yes but big difference in the limited degree programs tech has to offer. Management is the lowest/easiest degree they can offfer. UGA has got some degrees I wouldn’t want my kid to consider. I mean, Recreation Management, Sociology, and other cake walk programs. I wish all our student atletes were like Alec Kessler (RIP), but this is big time football. We ought to graduate a lot more than tech.

Dawglasville

October 27th, 2010
1:25 pm

People will twist this to fit their agenda. It is good news.

bucket

October 27th, 2010
1:36 pm

Sorry for my original post. I didn’t mean to end it so soon and I definitely didn’t mean to end it with exclamation points as if I were mocking the news. Obviously, this is a good thing since they are supposed to be student athletes. Unfortunately, this is something that is neglected as long as a team is winning. No one cares if the students are graduating if you are winning championships. It’s kind of like arrests, if the team is challenging for conference and national championships arrests don’t matter (See Florida – over 30 arrests in the last 4 years). But if you are losing like UGA then the program is out of control. (See Jeff Shultz articles)

Stick With Richt, Bobo Gotta Go

October 27th, 2010
1:36 pm

@bucket
October 27th, 2010
1:06 pm

If you do a little research you’ll find that that is not true. Gym Dogs won a national title with 100% graduation rate. Equestrian team won a nation title with 92%. Women’s tennis have won a national title this decade and finish in the top 20 regularly. The men’s golf team finish well in the national rankings. Men’s swimming has 3 national titles this decade and 4 runner-up finishes for national titles. Women’s softball was in the college world series, etc. etc. etc.

Go Dawgs!!!

AJ

October 27th, 2010
1:37 pm

This is good news, but you have to know that most of these kids get so much extra help that it would be almost impossible for them to fail. the only why they fail is if they just stop going to class.

Stick With Richt, Bobo Gotta Go

October 27th, 2010
1:39 pm

So, if anything, it’s actually the opposite of what you’re saying…

Stick With Richt, Bobo Gotta Go

October 27th, 2010
1:45 pm

@AJ…

As alumnus with friends who competed for and won national titles for the University of Georgia, I can tell you that it is not easy for them. Not only are they going to classes, taking exams, writing essays, going to practice, and competing around the country, but they are also required to go to extra tutoring. (If you have a very full schedule already, those mandatory tutoring sessions feel like a burden).

You can dismiss these student athlete’s achievements if you want to, but it is unjustified to do so. They work hard.

jwr

October 27th, 2010
1:53 pm

Graduation rate is what you brag about when you aren’t playing in Atlanta the first Saturday in December.

bucket

October 27th, 2010
1:57 pm

@ Stick with Richt. As I stated earlier I cutoff my post too soon and it was poorly punctuated. However, the headline for this post by Mr. Tucker was about football; not golf, tennis, swimming, etc. It is ironic that at a time when more players are graduating from the football team, they are winning less games on the football field. I would imagine that the graduation rates for gymnastics, golf, tennis, etc. have traditionally been high. I would be interested to know what the graduation rates would be for the teams that are actually winning in college football right now.

Down South Dirty Dawg

October 27th, 2010
1:59 pm

Congrats to the athletic programs and all the coaches. Shame on ALL the media outlets for the simple fact if this was a story about a kid making a mistake and getting arrested it would be front page news or plastered all over the TV, ajc, etc.! Too much attention is directed towards the negative acts and not the positive ones. All of the writers and reporters should be more proactive especially about “positive” headlines.

Mtn Dawg

October 27th, 2010
2:01 pm

Bucket – that would be an inverse correlation.

Git yer degrees hea

October 27th, 2010
2:02 pm

Yea, we grad-je-ate in:

Running from the cops 101.

Driving w/o licenses 201.

Theft by taking 202.

Drinkin’ and drivin 330.

How to get what you want from a woman by using muscle 401.

Go Goergiaa!

bucket

October 27th, 2010
2:08 pm

@ Mtn Dawg. Thanks for the help! I obviously need it on Hump Day. I couldn’t agree more Down South…

I am still researching, but I am not sure my facetious statement has been disproven as it applies to college football. I know for sure that Vanderbilt hasn’t been playing for SEC championships or National Championships.

SSDD

October 27th, 2010
2:08 pm

Nothing but self-deluding clap-trap.

UGA, second behind Vandy? Yeh, right?

What all this BS REALLY means is that the education and degree programs at UGA have been so completely dumbed-down and devalued that UGA has invented joke majors like for the multitude of academically illiterate players they recruit every year. Dont think Vandy offers 4 semesters worth of “Developmental Studies” like good ole red-neck U does.

Majors like:

Housing
(A favorite among UGA footbal player despite alomst total financial destruction of the US Housing Market)

Recreation & Leisure Studies
(Didnt Michael Adams PERSONAL choice for B-Ball coach, Jim Herrick, suggest this major)

Fashion Merchandising

Communications

Criminal Justice
(Well, have to say, after 11 player arrestes, and 40+ arrests over the past 3 years, this major might actually be appropriate for UGA football players) Then they could simply call every player arrest and “internship.”

Parading this academic “fraud” as player “success” is truly pathetic.

But hey, its nothing we havent come to expect from UGA.

OoltewahDawg

October 27th, 2010
2:09 pm

Haters say no more about Jan Kemp. That is in the past. Over and done with. I might just save this article on my hard drive in case some fool brings her name up again.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 27th, 2010
2:12 pm

Congrats to the all of the student athletes that graduated and represented UGA.

What happened with the Women’s Equestrian team? Did they all turn pro after the NC?

Old Dawg

October 27th, 2010
2:15 pm

What’s up with the Women’s Equestrian program. Don’t they all major in horse grooming? How difficult can that be?

TechFan

October 27th, 2010
2:19 pm

Tech Basketball is pretty terrible in this department for such a wonderful school Read the quote from ESPN.

“But in men’s basketball, 12 of the teams in the final Top 25 poll produced grad rates of 50 percent or worse under NCAA calculations. Four schools scored in the 30s — California (30), Connecticut (31), Michigan and Georgia Tech (36). Villanova and Illinois each had perfect scores, 100 percent.”

wolfman

October 27th, 2010
2:20 pm

What do you want on that pizza????

wolfman

October 27th, 2010
2:21 pm

A lot of Tech basketball players don’t graduate because they turn pro.. I bet UGA wishes that they had that problem!

What?

October 27th, 2010
2:25 pm

@SSDD

Envy is ugly young man. Study hard, get good grades and you might (though doubtful with a bad attitude like yours) get into UGA.

sarfdawg

October 27th, 2010
2:25 pm

@ Mtn Dawg …it’s actually an inverse “relationship” or “association.” “Correlation” actually has a numerical value to it…but who’s counting? Sadly, I’m a statistics guy.

Point taken, and this is still great news.

Einsteindawg

October 27th, 2010
2:25 pm

Watch out M.I.T., you may be called “The UGA of the North” soon. Great job Dawgs!

sarfdawg

October 27th, 2010
2:28 pm

I am not surprised that non Georgia people are poo-pooing this news. If Georgia had finished #12 on the list or #1, there are still going to be those out there that will not think much of it.

Let’s face it: Vandy cares nothing about athletics like the other 11 schools in the SEC. They SHOULD win this “competition” every year. That said, if you think that the other 11 schools don’t have these same majors, you’re fooling yourself. Look ‘em up. I guarantee you will find comparable majors at all of them.

Mark Richt

October 27th, 2010
2:29 pm

Ha they can’t fire me now!

Buck Belue

October 27th, 2010
2:30 pm

Cant believe I am on jury duty…. Qunicy why did you have to go and get arrested. Kincaid is ruining the show cause he dont like college football

sarfdawg

October 27th, 2010
2:31 pm

@ Mark Richt: they’re not going to fire you anyway, particularly when you win this weekend.

Greg McGarity

October 27th, 2010
2:32 pm

Not so fast Mark.. Damon ain’t here no more…….

Mark Richt

October 27th, 2010
2:33 pm

God bless you @Sarfdawg.

sarfdawg

October 27th, 2010
2:35 pm

God bless you, sir. You need it worse than I do.

Mike Bobo

October 27th, 2010
2:35 pm

Coach Richt I been think about a career change.. This play calling stuff is for the birds.

SSDD

October 27th, 2010
2:38 pm

@ What?

Envy? ROTFL.

You can call it Envy if you choose.

Most people just call it: FACT.

Just look it up.

Saben

October 27th, 2010
2:44 pm

It is good the state has early release programs for the football team.

St Simons

October 27th, 2010
2:47 pm

((((((((30-24)))))))) HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!!!

Dawgfan

October 27th, 2010
2:57 pm

Sammy Dawg – Let me guess, another ignorant “fan” who never took a class in his life, much less at Georgia. OK fan, and don’t tell me that you graduated at UGA because you comments scream that you didn’t. So, according to your logic, UGA should just get rid of programs because they’re perceived, by you, to be cakewalk. OK junior, let explain it to you: A school like UGA is a true “University”, which implies higher learning of everything, thus “universal”, or “everything in the universe”. UGA wouldn’t be a “university” if programs were arbitrarily removed. Nowadays, more and more “colleges” are changing their names to include “University.” But, these schools just like the moniker, and don’t really exemplify what a university is. UGA does. Who’s to say that Sociology is a cakewalk? You? I recommend that you reserve your comments for topics you know something about.

jdawgs34

October 27th, 2010
2:59 pm

Well I am sure somebody will want to hand CMR up for graduating to high of a rate…just glad we beat GT….

Booger Pressley

October 27th, 2010
3:00 pm

Georgia had a 68-percent graduation rate in football. It ranked second in the SEC, behind Vanderbilt, in graduation success rate. Georgia Tech’s overall graduation success rate rose to its highest level, the football team, however, posted the lowest score among ACC schools, with a 49.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!! KEEP TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH SMARTER YOUR FOOTBALL PLAYERS ARE!!!!! MUST BE BECAUS YOU ARE PRODUCING SO MUCH NFL TALENT THAT THEY LEAVE EARLY!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Go Dogs

October 27th, 2010
3:05 pm

MIchael

October 27th, 2010
3:07 pm

Delbert D.

October 27th, 2010
3:12 pm

“What’s up with the Women’s Equestrian program. Don’t they all major in horse grooming? How difficult can that be?”

Check ‘em out on the UGA website. There are 67 members on the team, which surprised the heck out of me.

Whatever

October 27th, 2010
3:13 pm

Bucket…Check your stats about the arrests. Those 30 Florida arrests are over 6 years (still not good at 5 per year); but UGA has had 11 arrests just this year alone. Check what UGA Great Herschel Walker had to say to Mark Richt about getting his program under control. UT is even worse with the arrests.

The graduation rate is something to BARK about. It is nice to see the state of Georgia (UGA in this case) doing well compared to other states. Public education in Georgia has been taking knocks for many years. Way to go UGA!!!!!!!!!

Stick With Richt, Bobo Gotta Go

October 27th, 2010
3:14 pm

@SSDD
October 27th, 2010
2:08 pm

Semmelweis reflex

The Semmelweis reflex or “Semmelweis effect” is a metaphor for the reflex-like rejection of new knowledge because it contradicts entrenched norms, beliefs or paradigms. It refers to Ignaz Semmelweis, who discovered that childbed fever mortality rates could be reduced ten-fold if doctors would wash their hands (we would now say disinfect) with a chlorine solution. His hand-washing suggestions were rejected by his contemporaries.

There is some uncertainty regarding the origin and generally accepted use of the expression.
One source defines it as “the automatic rejection of the obvious, without thought, inspection, or experiment” and attributes the expression Semmelweis Reflex to author Robert Anton Wilson.[1]
In his book The Game of Life, Timothy Leary provided the following polemical definition of the Semmelweis reflex: “Mob behavior found among primates and larval hominids on undeveloped planets, in which a discovery of important scientific fact is punished”.[2]
The expression has found way into philosophy and religious studies as “unmitigated Humean skepticism concerning causality”.[3]
Other writers define the Semmelweis reflex as: Automatic dismissal or rejection of scientific information “without thought, inspection or experiment”. [4]

JasonDawg

October 27th, 2010
3:14 pm

The minute our players stop majoring in “Recreation & Leisure Studies” this stat will mean something.
Until then…

check Up

October 27th, 2010
3:21 pm

They must teach ebonics at UGA…..

St. Clarkston

October 27th, 2010
3:26 pm

Mgmt degree=turn on conveyor belt, turn off conveyor belt.

SSDD

October 27th, 2010
3:29 pm

I’ll say it.

Sociology…is a freakin cake walk.

So is…Housing, Leisure Studies, etc. etc.