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NCAA Releases Southern Miss Graduation Rates

Oct. 20, 2006

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently released the Graduation Success Rates (GSR) for its member institutions and the University of Southern Mississippi was either tied or above the federally mandated methodology used in all 16 of its intercollegiate athletic programs.

The GSR data, which was from the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 1996 through 1999, was been compiled sport-by-sport.

The overall GSR for the division is 77 percent and Southern Miss is over that rate in 10 of its athletic teams, including football and men's basketball. The sport of football is at 78 percent, over the fed rate of 73 percent, and men's basketball at 83 percent, over the fed rate of 63 percent. The GSRs for those sports are the highest of any I-A school in the state of Mississippi.

"I have to commend our coaches for doing an exceptional job of recruiting and signing quality student-athletes," Southern Miss Athletics Director Richard Giannini said. "Then with these individuals on campus, our Student Academic Enhancement Program, under the direction of Don Oberhelman and Stacy Breazeale, have done an extraordinary job once we get our student-athletes on campus."

The sports of women's tennis and women's volleyball posted the highest GSRs at 100 percent, followed by women's basketball at 87 percent, women' golf at 86 percent, women's soccer at 85 percent, men's basketball, men's golf at 82 percent, women's softball at 81 percent, men's tennis at 80 percent, football, baseball and women's cross country/track at 66 percent and track and 63 percent.

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