Football graduation rate 51 percent at Oklahoma

Monday, December 19th 2005, 6:36 pm
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma graduated 51 percent of football players who started attending the university between 1995 and 1998, according to an NCAA report released Monday.

The football team's Graduation Success Rate tied with Iowa State for ninth among the schools in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor had the highest success rate at 88 percent, and Texas had the lowest at 40 percent. Nationwide, Division I-A teams graduated an average of 65 percent of their football players who began school during the period, according to the NCAA.

The GSR allows six years for players to graduate and includes athletes who transfer to a school while eliminating athletes who transfer away.

Oklahoma's men's basketball team graduated 33 percent of its players in that timeframe, according to the NCAA report. That figure also tied for ninth among Big 12 teams. Kansas State had the highest mark at 80 percent, while Iowa State had the lowest at 17 percent.

On average, schools across the country graduated 58 percent of their men's basketball players during the span.

In the same period, the Sooners' women's basketball team had an 87 percent Graduation Success Rate to rank seventh in the Big 12. Baylor, Kansas State and Nebraska all had rates of 100 percent.

The Sooners' women's tennis team had a 100 percent success rate, the women's soccer team graduated 94 percent of its athletes and both the men's and women's gymnastics teams had a 91 percent graduation rate.

The wrestling team's 32 percent graduation rate was the lowest of the school's 16 sports.