Wednesday, July 2nd, 1997
Hokie Football Graduation Rate is Middle of the Pack
The USA Today ran an article the other day in which they reordered last year's Top 25 football teams by six-year graduation rates of the players. The six-year graduation rate is the percentage of athletes who graduated within six years of first attending school. In this case, this year's figures represent what percentage of athletes entering in 1991 graduated within six years.
Here's how the football Top 25 looks if you arrange it according to graduation rates:
School (rank in poll) Grad Rate 1. Northwestern (16) 82% 2. Penn State (7) 80% 3. Notre Dame (21) 77% 4. Iowa (18) 67% 5. Michigan (20) 66% 6. Miami, Fla. (14) 65% 7. Nebraska (6) 63% North Carolina (10) 63% 9. Florida State (3) 60% 10. Syracuse (19) 59% 11. Virginia Tech (12) 56% 12. Brigham Young (5) 54% Division I-A average 54% 13. Washington (15) 52% Texas (23) 52% 15. Auburn (25) 48% 16. Florida (1) 44% Arizona State (4) 44% Alabama (11) 44% 19. Colorado (8) 43% 20. Wyoming (22) 42% 21. Tennessee (9) 41% Kansas State (17) 41% 23. Ohio State (2) 40% 24. Louisiana State (13) 39% -- Army (24) Not Available
Some items worthy of note:
I realize I'm shooting from the hip here. There are many other factors that enter into the equation, such as how hard it is to stay in a certain school. The old saying about Tech is that it's "easy to get in, hard to stay in." And who knows whether or not PSU and N(bc)D are padding their graduation rates with the so-called "gentleman's C"?
But it's fun to throw out numbers like this and then fire off poorly thought-out comments. I'm practicing to be just like Lee Corso some day, and they tell me that if I sit on my brain and talk without thinking, I'm already 90% of the way there.
The bottom line is, you look for that number, regardless of what it is, to go up. I think that when this survey was released last year, Tech did very well, landing in something like the #6 spot, so it's a disappointment to see us in the middle of the pack this year. Of particular interest to me are the graduation rates of the classes from 1993 onward, when the Hokies started their current successful run on the field. I can't wait to see what the classroom results are for these last four years. We'll start hearing those six-year figures beginning in 1999.
The Football TV Schedule at This Point
Here's what we know about Hokie football games on TV so far:
Of course, you've got to figure that the Miami game will be on somewhere. CBS is biding its time about selecting that one, but you can guarantee that if they don't pick it up, ESPN will (whereupon they'll promptly ignore it as they cram the latest ACC and Big 10 games down your throat all week long).
To say that I'm looking forward to the Syracuse game would be a huge understatement. There's nothing like a night game in Lane Stadium, and the Hokies are going to need all the help they can get against a Syracuse team that will already have three games under its belt. It should rock Worsham Field down to its roots, because if nothing else, we owe them, big-time.
As the season approaches, I'm going to revamp the HokieCentral football page, and I'll include whether or not the games will be on TV as part of the schedule. For now, clip this and save it.