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Oct. 4, 2007

SMU Football and Men's Basketball teams rank high in graduation rates
Eight of SMU's 15 athletic programs have perfect scores

INDIANAPOLIS (NCAA/SMU) – The SMU men's basketball and football teams rank in the top three among Conference USA, Big 12 and Metroplex schools in Graduation Success Rates (GSR), according to data released by the NCAA this week.

The SMU football team scored an 84 to rank second among the cohorts, while men's basketball rated an 82 to place third.

Overall, eight of SMU's 15 athletic programs scored a perfect 100 percent in the GSRs released by the organization this week. In addition, all 15 of SMU's programs rated by the NCAA were equal to or better than the national average. While SMU sponsors 17 sports, the NCAA issues a GPR for 15 of its programs, combining track and cross country and not rating SMU's equestrian program.

The programs that scored 100 percent were men's and women's golf, men's tennis and swimming, and women's crew, soccer, cross country and track.

The GSR is a different measure than the graduation rate previously used by the NCAA. The GSR is an NCAA measurement that improves on the federally-mandated graduation-rate by including transfer data in the calculation. It was developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among students in today's higher education climate. It does not count against an institution whose student-athletes enroll and then leave while eligible, but does give credit for those who transfer into the institution and ultimately earn a degree.

The data is from the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 1997 through 2000, for which the NCAA has compiled sport-by-sport GSR and the comparable graduation rate using the federally mandated methodology.

Overall GSR and federal graduation rate data per institution will be released later this month.

Football GSR Rates Among Conference USA, Big 12 and DFW Metroplex Schools:

1. Rice - 85
2-tie. SMU - 84
2-tie. Baylor - 84
4. Nebraska - 83
5. Southern Miss - 81
6. Texas Tech - 79
7. Marshall - 76
8. East Carolina - 75
9. Kansas State - 73
10. Tulane - 73
11. TCU - 69
12. Colorado - 68
13. Oklahoma State - 64
14. Texas A&M - 62
15. Missouri - 60
16-tie. Tulsa - 59
16-tie. Memphis - 59
18. North Texas - 58
19. Kansas - 56
20. Iowa State - 55
21-tie. Houston - 49
21-tie. UTEP - 49
23. UAB - 48
24. UCF - 46
25. Oklahoma - 44
26. Texas - 42

Men's Basketball GSR Rates Among Conference USA, Big 12 and DFW Metroplex Schools:

1-tie. Rice - 85
1-tie. Marshall - 85
3-tie. SMU - 82
3-tie. Southern Miss - 82
5. Oklahoma State - 73
6. East Carolina - 69
7. Kansas State - 67
8. UCF - 63
9. Tulane - 62
10. North Texas - 60
11. Baylor - 58
12. Colorado - 55
13-tie. Missouri - 50
13-tie. UTA - 50
15. Nebraska - 47
16. Oklahoma - 46
17-tie. Kansas - 45
17-tie. UTEP - 45
19. Texas Tech - 44
20-tie. Texas A&M - 40
20-tie. Memphis - 40
22-tie. Tulsa - 38
22-tie. UAB - 38
24. TCU - 35
25. Texas - 33
26. Houston - 23
27. Iowa State - 17


SMU, the only Division I athletic program in Dallas, Texas, sponsors 17 sports and has been ranked as the top school in its conference for 10 straight years in the Director's Cup overall athletic rankings. More information about SMU and its coaches, athletes and teams is available at www.SMUMustangs.com.

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