LSU’s athletic graduation success rate hit the 90 percentile.
The program is graduating 90 percent of their players, the best mark since the GSR began publishing numbers in 1998. The 90 percent rate is tied for third in the Southeastern Conference among public universities and is three points higher than the national average.
The NCAA released its most recent GSR data Wednesday. The GSR is based on a six-year cohort. The latest report includes players who enrolled at schools as freshmen or incoming transfers from 2007-10 and completed their degree within six years.
LSU increased its GSR by two points from last year (88), 10 points from 2012 (80) and 21 points from a decade ago (69).
The first one eats at Danny Etling.
“When I got here almost 10 years ago, the rate was in the 60s,” said LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, who took over in 2008. “It was a priority for me to improve the graduation rates. We’re always striving for excellence in the community, on the field and in the classroom. The graduation rate hitting 90 is terrific for us. I look at it like winning a championship.”
LSU’s by-sport GSR ranged from cross country/track’s 77 to five teams with 100 scores: both golf and tennis teams and volleyball. LSU’s football program achieved a 78 graduate rate, the highest in its history and five points better than last year’s mark of 73.
Those marks for football are made more impressive by the amount of underclassmen that leave the school early to turn pro. As long as those players leave in good academic standing and sign a pro deal, schools are not hurt by their departures. The football program has last 25 underclassmen to pro ball in the last five years.
LSU’s baseball program scored a 95 GSR and men’s basketball was at 82. Twelve of LSU’s 16 points scored a 90 or better.
“It takes making it a priority and a great staff at the Cox Center,” Alleva said referring to the school’s on-campus athletic academic support center. “When you put the pressure on your coaches and academic staff to do what they need to do, you get good results.”
When the last few grains of sand ran out on LSU’s 24-10 loss Saturday at Alabama, it became time for coach Ed Orgeron to make a value judgment…
IN THE SEC
LSU's GSR is tied for fourth in the league.
- Vanderbilt 96
- South Carolina 93
- Missouri 91
- LSU, Mississippi State, Alabama 90
- Kentucky, Tennessee 85
- Ole Miss 84
- Florida, Georgia 83
- Auburn 82
- Texas A&M 81
- Arkansas 80
MOVIN' ON UP
LSU's GSR has risen 21 points since 2008.
LSU GSR BY SPORT (for 2007-2010 cohort)
- Men's and women's golf: 100
- Men's and women's tennis: 100
- Volleyball: 100
- Women's cross country/track: 96
- Men's swimming: 96
- Baseball: 95
- Women's soccer: 95
- Women's swimming: 95
- Women's basketball: 93
- Women's gymnastics: 93
- Softball: 88
- Men's basketball: 82
- Football: 78
- Men's cross country/track: 77