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Bowl-Bound Hawkeyes Rank High in Graduation Rate
Iowa ninth among 64 bowl-bound college football teams
Iowa will square off against Texas in the 2006 Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30 in San Antonio.
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    The University of Iowa football team - which is currently preparing to play Texas on Dec. 30 in the 2006 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio - has the ninth best graduation rate for student-athletes in the sport of football among the 64* schools that will be represented in the 32 bowl games to be played in the coming weeks.

    Iowa has a graduation rate of 72 percent for the group of student-athletes who enrolled in the University of Iowa in the fall semester of 1999, according to information the University of Iowa provided the NCAA as required by NCAA Bylaw 30.1 and the Federal Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act.


    This is the most recent graduation class for which the NCAA-required six years of information is available.

    Iowa's 72 percent graduate rate includes a graduation rate of 86 percent for "Black" student-athletes, 67 percent for "White" student-athletes and a 50 percent graduation rate for "Hispanic" student-athletes.

    The graduation rate for all students who entered the UI in the fall of 1999 is 66 percent. The graduation rate for all UI student-athletes is 71 percent. With respect to all data regarding student-athletes, the graduation rate includes only those students-athletes who received athletics aid from the UI for any period of time during the 1999-00 year. The NCAA defines aid as a grant, scholarship tuition waiver or other assistance from a college or university that is awarded on the basis of a student's athletic ability.





    "This points to success in three areas of our football program and our athletics program.

    "First, it speaks to the determination of our football staff to recruit students who are as committed to academic excellence as they are athletic excellence. Second, it speaks to the work of the staff in our Athletic Student Services unit and the commitment that they have consistently demonstrated to providing the appropriate guidance and support to our student-athletes.

    "Third, and most importantly, it speaks to the commitment of the student-athletes themselves. As always, numbers don't lie and these indicate that you can be successful both on the playing field and in the classroom."

    Gary A. Barta, UI Director of Athletics


    "This points to success in three areas of our football program and our athletics program," said UI Director of Athletics Gary A. Barta.

    "First, it speaks to the determination of our football staff to recruit students who are as committed to academic excellence as they are athletic excellence. Second, it speaks to the work of the staff in our Athletic Student Services unit and the commitment that they have consistently demonstrated to providing the appropriate guidance and support to our student-athletes.

    "Third, and most importantly, it speaks to the commitment of the student-athletes themselves. As always, numbers don't lie and these indicate that you can be successful both on the playing field and in the classroom."

    Iowa ranks second among the six Big Ten Conference teams that will be participating in a 2006-07 bowl game. Penn State tops the list of league schools, ranking third with a graduation rate of 83 percent. Michigan ranks 13th (68 percent), Minnesota 23rd (59 percent), Ohio State 27th (56 percent), Wisconisn 37th (50 percent) and Purdue 44th (44 percent).

    Boston College ranks first among the 64* bowl-bound college football teams with a graduate rate of 92 percent. BC is the only school to have a graduation rate above 90 percent. Nebraska ranks second (84 percent), Notre Dame fourth (81 percent) and Central Michigan and Wake Forest fifth (78 percent).

    *--The graduation rate for student-athletes who participate in the sport of football at Navy was not available in the report provided the NCAA.

    NCAA Graduation Rates*
    2006 Bowl Bound Football Programs

     FootballAll Student
     Grad RateGrad Rate

    1 - Boston College9291
    2 - Nebraska8463
    3 - Penn State8384
    4 - Notre Dame8195
    5 - Central Michigan7855
    Wake Forest7888
    7 - South Florida7748
    8 - Northern Illinois7353
    9 - Iowa7266
    10 - Ohio7171
    11 - Clemson7075
    12 - Southern Miss6946
    13 - East Carolina6854
    Michigan6887
    15 - Western Michigan6754
    Brigham Young6770
    17 - Arizona State6755
    18 - Louisville6337
    19 - Texas Tech6355
    20 - Auburn6162
    21 - Alabama6063
    Oregon State6061
    23 - Minnesota5961
    5987
    25 - Missouri5866
    26 - Boise State5728
    27 - Rice5690
    Ohio State5668
    29 - Kansas State5656
    30 - Maryland5577
    Hawaii5551
    32 - Oklahoma State5459
    33 - Miami (Fla.)5371
    Virginia Tech5376
    Southern Cal5383
    36 - Arkansas5256
    37 - Texas Christian5069
    Utah5043
    Troy5051
    Wisconsin5077
    41 - South Carolina4765
    42 - Rutgers4671
    43 - Tulsa4461
    West Virginia4455
    Purdue4466
    Texas A&M4477
    47 - Middle Tennessee4240
    Louisiana State4257
    49 - Georgia Tech4176
    50 - Oregon 3863
    Florida State3866
    Texas3875
    53 - California33 87
    Houston3340
    Cincinnati3349
    Georgia3373
    57 - Nevada3252
    Florida3279
    59 - Tennessee3157
    60 - New Mexico2941
    61 - Oklahoma2756
    62 - Kentucky2260
    San Jose State2041
    * -- NavyNA86

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