This is stolen from our Hawkeye forum... like to get your thoughts. This has kind of flown under the radar, but the NCAA last week passed new graduation guidelines by sport. In a nutshell, schools have to now graduate 50% of their scholarship athletes (a 925 cut rate, whatever that means) each year, by sport, or be penalized with scholarship loss up to 10%. The new rule can be found at: http://www2.ncaa.org/media_and_events/press_room/2005/january/20050110_d1_bod.html Quote: "This means that a Division I-A football team, for example, could lose up to nine scholarships out of 85 for not meeting the new academic guidelines. Men’s and women’s basketball teams could lose two scholarships out of 13 and 15, respectively. Sports that award financial aid based on headcount round up the number of scholarships that could be lost". I know someone posted our graduation rates a while back and we were O.K. overall. Under Ferentz, we're now at 58% in football. Because penalities can be imposed as soon as 2006, are there any major programs out there below the 50% now? Just wondering who this will impact the most.... you can go to: http://www.bus.ucf.edu/sport/public/downloads/media/ides/Table%20-%20Graduation%20rates%202004-05%20bowl-bound%20teams.pdf to see the schools that played in 2004-05 Bowl games and their graduation rates. From this list, at least, it looks like Texas, Pitt and Louisville have the biggest problem. No wonder Mack Brown recruits so well!!! Your thoughts??