Cal mens football, basketball not making grade

Ohio State's Rod Smith, top center, scores against California as Jalen Jefferson (7) pushes him back during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

October 24, 2013 8:06:33 PM PDT
Two prominent sports programs at Cal aren't making the grade.

The graduation success rate report shows just 44 percent of Cal football players finished their education -- worst in the country among major college programs. The total was worse on the men's basketball team at just 38 percent.

The national average for major football programs was 71 percent -- the highest ever.

Keep in mind, the data measures the time period from 2003 to 2006, so it has nothing to do with the current coaches at Cal.

Overall, Cal Athletics had a 78 percent graduation rate. Athletic department officials say the results are disappointing, but steps have been taken to try and improve scores.

By the way, the graduation rates for the same sports at Stanford -- 93 percent for football and 83 percent for basketball.

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