Graduation is happy time of year for most college students.
You get to see all those caffeine fueled late nights of studying come full circle. All those classes you didn’t want to take, but needed for your degree plan; they were actually worth it.
But for some, that feeling of achievement never comes. And looking at these graduation rates for the Big 12, a lot of them are athletes.
ï»¿The graduating percentages for football in the Big 12 are as follows:
University of Missouri 71%
Kansas State University 69%
Texas Tech University 69%
University of Nebraska 68%
Baylor University 64%
Iowa State University 64%
University of Colorado 59%
Oklahoma State University 59%
Texas A&M University 57%
University of Kansas 56%
University of Texas 49%
University of Oklahoma 44%
Oklahoma and Texas have some of the lowest graduating rates in the Nation under the football category. And Oklahoma is the clear winner in being the worst among BCS schools.
The percentages come straight from the NCAA graduation success rates: or GSR’s.
Oklahoma’s Athletic Director Joe Castiglione did come out and defend the numbers by stating that a majority of the players from 2005-2006 were taken in the NFL draft. 16 players to be exact.
Castiglione was quoted saying,
“It automatically reduces the rate if you may have good graduation with whoever’s left, you’re never really going to make up for he person that left,” he said. “Once they leave, you can’t really get that back.”
But in overall athlete graduation Oklahoma is NOT on the bottom of the Big 12. That honor goes to Texas Tech at 67% athletes graduated. Oklahoma isn’t too far behind though, they came in at 69% athletes graduated.
It’s actually quite embarrassing how the Big 12 stacked up against other conferences in the football category. To see how the other conferences panned out, click here.
For the record, Arizona holds the placeÂ for the worst overall student-athlete graduation rate at 65%.
Still, the Big 12 produces numbers that would only make Senator John Blutarsky proud.
He did have a 0.0 GPA and became a Senator, so you never know…