NCAA Shows Record Graduation Rate For PSU Football
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – NCAA data released Thursday shows the Penn State football team had a record graduation rate of 91 percent, tied for seventh with Rutgers among major college programs.
In the Big Ten, Penn State trailed only Northwestern, which had a graduation rate of 97 percent. The major college average was 68 percent.
The overall “Graduation Success Rate” as measured by the NCAA for all Penn State athletes was 88 percent. The Division I average was 80 percent.
School president Rodney Erickson said in a statement that the school's athletes have “long represented the best in intercollegiate sports.”
The NCAA sanctioned Penn State in July for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. NCAA president Mark Emmert drew the ire of some alumni and fans for criticizing a “football-first culture