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Gap narrowing in grad rates of black and white players on bowl-bound schools

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A study of this year’s bowl-bound schools released Monday revealed a narrowing gap between the graduation rates of white and African-American players.

According to the annual report by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, the average graduation success rate for black football players at bowl schools is 67 percent compared to 85 percent for whites. The 18-point gap is the smallest in the study’s history.

All bowl-bound schools also received a score higher than 930 — equivalent to a 50 percent graduation rate — in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate.

 

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