Academic gap between black, white players persists on Gophers football roster

  • Article by: NEWS SERVICES
  • Updated: December 10, 2013 - 7:07 AM

Only three bowl-bound teams have larger separation in graduation rates.

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jsimple3Dec. 9, 1310:24 PM

I'd be curious to know about the disparity in test scores and/or graduation rates between children who grow up with a dad (and two parents)in the house and ones who don't? Obviously skin color is not the issue.

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sek2undrstndDec. 9, 1310:46 PM

The GSR statistic, which includes transfers, included the six-year graduation statistics for freshmen entering in 2006-07." .... "Although the Gophers football team has displayed improvement under coach Jerry Kill in most academic measurements, there’s still work to be done, as attested to by an academic assessment of football bowl teams released Monday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport." ..... I think the writer needs to go back and revise their opening sentence. Most of the kids who enrolled in 2006 and didn't graduate by 2013 were probably no longer on the team when Coach Jerry Kill took over the Gopher program. With the improvement seen both on and off the field, I will be interested in the results of the GSR in 2016.

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ActTwoDec. 9, 1311:51 PM

Jerry Kill can do everything possible but he'll never replace the father who wasn't there for the kid.

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kinghiberniaDec. 10, 13 8:52 AM

What more can the University do? These Student/Athletes receive full scholarships, are provided with full-time tutors, full-time student advisors, full-time student advocates, and more!!! You have to ask yourself the following questions!!! 1) When they entered College did they actually plan on getting a degree? Or, was it just a "stepping stone" to getting a professional Football/Basketball contract? 2) What drives their individual goals? 3) What is their parent(s) goal? For the student\athlete to obtain a degree or to obtain huge signing bonus and\or contract? 4) Perhaps, there is a group of students that lack the ability to learn and succeed on the college academic level. This article provides a lot of numbers but lacks any reasons for these dismal figures.

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kleinharrieDec. 10, 1310:10 AM

kinghibernia raises some telling points. None of this, however, addresses the difficult issue of the rigor (or lack thereof) of academic programs athletes pursue.

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commonsens4uDec. 10, 1310:20 AM

Clearly this is nothing more than racism, according to Liberals. There is no such thing as personal accountability, these players just don't share the same "white privileges" as their teammates do.

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moron100Dec. 10, 1311:47 AM

you should feel sorry for these guys. i mean they play hard but just dont study hard before going to college or during. so its not their fault. its yours for not giving more.

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money2Dec. 10, 1312:16 PM

All a school can do is to have teachers available to help student athletes if they WANT HELP. If they don't take advantage of those resources, that's NOT the schools fault. I think Coach Kill does a great job of making sure his kids attend class and do their homework. The rest of it is up to the student athletes to take advantage of what's offered to them. The student athletes have a lot more programs offered to them than the regular student body has. But you can lead a mule to water but you can't make him/her drink. Shame on those who don't take advantage of what's being offered to them, I don't care what color you are.

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toatsmcgoatsDec. 10, 1312:17 PM

According to most people in this section, all black athletes do not have fathers. So, this "fact" may play a role.

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moretaxesnowDec. 10, 1312:35 PM

Toatsmcgoats - 72% of black children grow up in a 1-parent household. This is an actual fact that you can verify with a simple internet search and credible sources. It's not irresponsible nor a stretch to think that fact has something to do with black athletes having a hard time in school.

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