UConn falls short when it comes to graduating players

Head coach Kevin Ollie continues to strive for the UConn men’s basketball team to make the grade on and off the court, but previous Husky squads lagged far behind when it came to education.

In the Graduation Success Rate released by the NCAA on Thursday, the Huskies had an 8 percent graduation rate for student-athletes who entered the program between 2003 and 2006 under previous head coach Jim Calhoun. The national average for men’s basketball over that span is 74 percent. In comparison, the UConn women’s basketball team produced a 92 percent over the span period and the football team was at 65 percent.

The men’s basketball team was at 50 percent in 1998, but gradually fell off from there, going from 31 percent in 2003 to 25 percent in 2004 and just 10 percent in 2005.

The GSR is designed to show the proportion of athletes on athletic teams who earn a college degree over a six-year window that begins when they enter school. So if a player entered school in 2004 he would have until 2010 to graduate.

The NCAA does not penaltize schools for having a low GSR, so UConn’s postseason play is not in jeopardy because of it.

William Paxton