WSU FB, BB in upper half of conference GSR

PULLMAN – In the two sports with the highest public profiles, football and basketball, Washington State placed in the upper half of the Pac-10 in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate report.

Washington State placed fourth in the Pac-10 in both sports: Football (62 percent) and men's basketball (70 percent).

The overall Division I athletes GSR was a record 82 percent. WSU's rate was 75 percent.

The Pac-10 became the Pac-12 this fall. The latest GSR report was based on rates for athletes who entered school in 2004 and graduated within the required six years.

Men's golf and women's soccer had perfect 100 percent graduation rates, but only Arizona (19 percent) had a lower rate in baseball than WSU (51 percent) among Pacific-10 Conference schools. Oregon was excluded from the baseball ratings because the Ducks did not offer baseball in 2004.

Graduation rates suffer when athletes quit school, transfer or turn pro before their eligibility is completed. Pro baseball prospects, citing a better bargaining position, often leave school after their junior seasons.

Other WSU sports: women's track-cross country, 96 percent; women's rowing, 90; women's golf, 89; women's swimming, 88; men's track-cross country, 87; women's basketball, 86; women's tennis, 75; women's volleyball, 58.

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