Report’s authors admit USC graduation rate was a mistake

The Graduation Success Rate for University of South Carolina football players cited in a report this week was in error.

The report, a study of the GSR numbers for the 70 schools bound for bowl games this season, said Gamecock football players had a GSR of 39 percent.

The actual number is 55 percent, as stated today in a corrected version of the report, compiled by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

The confusion stemmed from incorrect information provided to the NCAA by USC in 2011. USC officials said then that 11 football players who had graduated were not included in its report to the NCAA.

The corrected information resulted in improvements for USC in GSR numbers for African-American football players (from 32 percent to 45 percent); white football players (from 52 to 80 percent); and for overall student-athletes (73 to 78 percent).

Average GSRs for the 70 bowl teams are 69 percent for football players, 62 percent for African-American players, 82 percent for white players and 80 percent for all student-athletes.

The Central Florida report also included incorrect information for other teams that was corrected in the later version.

“We will be re-releasing the study (today) and reporting on our errors,” Deidre Snively, spokesperson for the report’s authors, wrote in an e-mail. “While this will not make up for the initial wrong-doing on our part, we hope it will provide some reparation.”

The study of GSR rates for bowl teams was based on a four-class average for freshmen who enrolled from 2002-2006.

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