MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Big 12’s newest additions, TCU and West Virginia, lead the league in graduation success rates among football players.

Thursday’s report from the NCAA showed 85 percent of TCU football players who enrolled between the fall of  2003 and the spring of 2007 graduated with six years or transferred to another school in good academic standing. West Virginia’s football program showed an 80-percent success rate.

The remainder of the Big 12 football programs, in descending order: Texas Tech (72 percent), Kansas (70), Baylor (67), Iowa State (60), Kansas State (59), Texas (56) Oklahoma State (56) and Oklahoma (51).

The FBS average football GSR was 71 percent. Northwestern’s led the nation’s football programs with 97 percent followed by Rice at 95 and Notre Dame and Boston College at 94.

The graduation success rate is separate from the Academic Progress Rate reports, which are released each spring and penalize underperforming schools with postseason bans and scholarship reductions.

WVU’s men’s basketball program showed a most-recent GPR score of 100, tying with Kansas for tops in the Big 12. They were followed in that sport by Baylor (91 percent), Texas and Texas Tech (83), TCU (81), Oklahoma (69), K-State (64), Iowa State (54) and Oklahoma State (44).

The Division I men’s basketball average was 72 percent.

The four-year GSR scores (percentage) for West Virginia’s other varsity sports:

Women’s tennis 100
Volleyball 100
Rifle 100
Women’s cross country/track 100
Gymnastics 92
Women’s swimming 90
Men’s soccer 88
Women’s soccer 88
Wrestling 85
Women’s basketball 82
Men’s swimming 75
Baseball 73
Rowing 60

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  • Marty lytton

    I wish luck and holgerson would both leave!! You could get better results from high school coaches in wv!? They both can go to Texas!!

  • Chris1529

    It says either transferred in good academic standing or graduated. Those two are completely different.
    Also, in the ACC, what are the players majoring in? I would imagine their academic programs are a bit tougher than WVU's.

  • wvajoker

    Larry, don't you mean the Four Brayin' Jackasses?

    "we will never be number 1 in any league championship." "WE". Are you trying to align yourself with WVU fans.

  • Big Larry

    I graduated from clown college! Does that count? Ma says it does. The four horse men ride again!!!! ( in a small clown car made for two)

  • Dave

    This is for 2003 until 2009
    2004 until 2010
    2005 until 2011
    2006 until 2012
    and 2007 until 2013

    Graduation occurs each year in May.

  • Dave

    Coach Stewart gets some credit if you look at the years this is based upon. I know, I am a Stew Lover and a Homer......yea, so what!

  • Billy

    Wonder which school leads the conference in player arrests.

  • Bob

    Wait til they start counting Huggin's dropouts/transfers the numbers will really drop.

    JB once had 11/13 players on the Dean's list. Did that make them easier to coach and graduate - I think so!

  • wvrefugee in the world are we leading anything using the new "cohort" rate and APR??????? We resemble UCONN from a few years back!!!

  • Say Again

    As said before this is for the years 2003-2007. This is Beilein and Rodriguez years only.

    • wvrefugee

      Wait til the new APR data comes out on the Huggs tenure!

  • Big Larry

    It is so good to know that for once WVU is leading in a category (Non sports).

    Because we all know that under the dynamic duo of the "Hollorin H & H Has-beens" (That would be Huggins & Holgorsen), we will never be number 1 in any league championship.

    It just is never going to happen...

    • Dougie

      So what's your jr college boys score down south Big L? I know the football record isn't looking too good. Wasn't there talk about an undefeated season in the new weakened Conf USA? Guess they will always be little brother even on a rebuilding year...

  • JaneM

    TRUE WVU Fans . Wonderful news, isn't that what going to college is all about, getting an education. You can always tale of the concern of a good coach always emphasize education. WVU is looking good... I have noticed our biggest critics pertaining to WVU hasn't posted yet, usually if they can't get to be the first to reply, they will be posting on a reply that gos neer the top not talking about the article that Allan has written ...what a shame .. Life gos on and so will WVU.. Win or loose A True fan...

    • Dave

      Good comment Jane. I was also wondering where the 3 stooges are. Congrats to WVU students and Teachers and Coaches. Being at the top of the list is something you all can be very proud of.


      • Big Larry


        FYI there are actually four (4) of us...The 4 Horseman...

        Now you know...

  • mat hatter

    I like very much what I am reading... academics is a plus for wvu, and we lead the conf...again,, I like this

  • JHT

    The ACC is a better than thou conference that is considered, in major college football, the fourth best, behind, among others, the Big 12.

  • Phil M.

    Didn't the ACC state that our academics were not good enough to be a member in their conference ?

    Syracuse which they just chose had a 45% graduation rate.

    Sounds like a load of crap to me.