The Arizona Wildcats have the lowest graduation rate for Black athletes in the study.
Tis the season -- of the college football bowl games. And so it is also the season when the annual survey of graduation rates among players from leading college teams by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida gives us the bad news.
As usual, the study highlights how many fewer African-American athletes at the NFL's farm team schools get out with a college degree than do white athletes. The news is not good.
Those are not pretty figures, for the football players or for how Black students fare in general.
Five of the upcoming bowls will feature pairings in which both participants graduate less than 50 percent of African-American players. Here's the dishonor roll (percentage of African American graduates in parentheses).
- Sugar Bowl -- Utah (45) vs. Alabama (48)
- Fiesta Bowl -- Ohio State (41) vs. Texas (38)
- Capital One Bowl -- Georgia (38) vs. Michigan State (43)
- Chick-fil-A Bowl -- LSU (44) vs. Georgia Tech (36)
- Insight Bowl -- Kansas (47) vs. Minnesota (40)
I greatly enjoy watching college football; I happily consume the entertaining product football bowls offer. But there are lies about education and the opportunities the sport offers to its players deeply embedded in the system. Those lies have a clear racial dimension.