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ACC Leads All Conferences In Football Graduation Rate

Can we get a trophy for this?

The ACC is considered slightly above average on the field but off the field they graduate football players at a higher rate than anyone else.  And it actually not that close.

The breakdown comes from Jon Solmon at the Birmingham News.  Based on enrollments that happened between 1998 and 2001, the ACC clocked a rate 72.3%  almost five percentage points better than 2nd place Big East.  At the bottom of the list?  The SEC is next to last at 60.5% just ahead of the WAC.  Solomon also reshuffles the Top 25 based on graduation rate which puts UNC tied for 4th with Penn State behind Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Texas Tech.  The Top 25 on the basis of graduation rate alone finds Navy #1 ahead of Norte Dame, Stanford, Boston College, Duke and Northwestern.  UNC is tied for 15th in the graduation rate poll.  Here are the full rankings:

Conference average graduation rates
1. ACC, 72.3%
First place: Boston College and Duke, 92%
Last place: Georgia Tech, 48%

2. Big East, 67.4%
First place: Connecticut, 77%
Last place: South Florida, 56%

3. Mid-American Conference, 67.3%
First place: Miami (Ohio), 83%
Last place: Temple, 49%

4. Big Ten, 66.6%
First place: Northwestern, 92%
Last place: Michigan State and Minnesota, 51%

5. Conference USA, 65.4%
First place: Rice, 82%
Last place: UAB, 44%

6. Big 12, 63.2%
First place: Texas Tech, 79%
Last place: Oklahoma, 46%

7. Sun Belt, 63.0%
First place: Troy, 78%
Last place: Florida Atlantic, 51%

8. Pac-10, 61.3%
First place: Stanford, 93%
Last place: Arizona, 41%

9. Mountain West, 60.8%
First place: Air Force, 90%
Last place: New Mexico, 49%

10. SEC, 60.5%
First place: Vanderbilt, 91%
Last place: Georgia, 48%

11. WAC, 53.9%
First place: Idaho, 69%
Last place: San Jose State, 34%

The USA Today Coaches' Poll Reshuffled By Grad Rates
1. Vanderbilt, 91%
2. Wake Forest, 83%
3. Texas Tech, 79%
T-4. Penn State, 78%
T-4. North Carolina, 78%
6. Virginia Tech, 75%
7. Ball State, 72%
8. Florida, 68%
9. TCU, 67%
10. Oklahoma State, 62%
11. Missouri, 59%
12. Utah, 57%
T-13. BYU, 56%
T-13. South Florida, 56%
T-15. Alabama, 55%
T-15. Boise State, 55%
T-17. Southern Cal, 54%
T-17. LSU, 54%
T-19. Kansas, 53%
T-19. California, 53%
21. Ohio State, 52%
22. Michigan State, 51%
23. Texas, 50%
24. Georgia, 48%
25. Oklahoma, 46%

The Grad Rates Poll (2008 record in parentheses)
1. Navy, 95% (4-2)
2. Notre Dame, 94% (4-2)
3. Stanford, 93% (4-3)
T-4. Boston College, 92% (4-1)
T-4. Duke, 92% (3-2)
T-4. Northwestern, 92% (5-1)
7. Air Force, 90% (4-2)
8. Army, 87% (2-4)
T-9. Wake Forest, 83% (4-1)
T-9. Miami (Ohio), 83% (1-5)
11. Rice, 82% (3-3)
12. Ohio, 81% (2-5)
13. Southern Miss, 80% (2-4)
14. Texas Tech, 79% (6-0)
T-15. Kent State, 78% (1-6)
T-15. SMU, 78% (1-6)
T-15. Nebraska, 78% (3-3)
T-15. Troy, 78% (3-2)
T-15. North Carolina, 78% (5-1)
T-15. Baylor, 78% (3-3)
T-15. Penn State, 78% (7-0)
22. Connecticut, 77% (5-1)
T-23. Virginia Tech, 75% (5-1)
T-23. Colorado, 75% (3-3)
T-23. Syracuse, 75% (1-5)
T-23. Iowa, 75% (4-3)
T-23. Bowling Green, 75% (3-3)

Hat tip: The Wiz