UConn Coach Calhoun Defends Poor Graduation Rate

Calhoun defends Connecticut's low graduation rate

      STORRS, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim
Calhoun is defending his program's low graduation rate, saying it
reflects the number of players who have left UConn early for pro
careers.
      The NCAA Wednesday released its annual Graduation Success Rate
figures. According to the report, the UConn men's program graduated
just 31 percent of players who entered school in 2003-04 within six
years.
      Calhoun said he could have done a better job as a coach
motivating some kids to graduate. But, he says the school also had
more players leave for the NBA and other pro leagues than almost
any other program in the country.
      The UConn women's basketball program had a graduation rate of 92
percent, and the men's football team's rate was 77 percent. The
athletic program's average was 83 percent.
      
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