Husky Football Program Recognized by AFCA

June 18, 2003

Seattle - The American Football Coaches Association recognized Washington as one of 31 programs to post a graduation rate of better than 70 percent for the freshman class of 1997-98.

Duke will receive the AFCA's 2003 Academic Achievement Award, which is presented annually by the Touchdown Club of Memphis. The Blue Devils' program recorded a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its football squad. Duke's win is the 11th for the school, and it earned a perfect graduation rate for the fourth time.

Thirty-one other institutions are being recognized for graduating 70 percent or more of their football players. Six of those institutions achieved a rate of 90 percent or better: Boston College, Connecticut, Northwestern, Rice, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

Others receiving honorable mention with a rate of 70 percent or better: Ball State, Baylor, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Marshall, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, Southern Methodist, Southern Mississippi, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Tulane, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Western Michigan.

The overall graduation rate of the 102 I-A schools that responded was 59 percent, one percent less than the previous year. Fifty-one of the members responding were above the average and 51 were below the average. The median graduation rate was 59 percent, compared to 61 percent last year and 58 percent the four previous years.

The study involves the freshman class from the academic year of 1997-98, including those who entered at that time but who did not receive financial aid until after their initial year, or who transferred from another institution and subsequently received a grant-in-aid.

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