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Baylor Leads Big 12 in Graduation Success Rate

Thousands of LSU fans gather and party at tailgates outside of LSU's Tiger Stadium and across campus before the Tigers first home game of the season against Chattanooga on Saturday

In graduation data released by the NCAA Wednesday, Ohio State student-athletes have a four-class average (2007-10) of 86 percent in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and, in the 2010-11 cohort, have a Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) of 74 percent.

This year's reflect the number of scholarship student-athletes who entered Rutgers since 2010-11 and graduated within six academic years.

Eight teams improved upon last year's score including the men's basketball team, which registered a GSR score of 67 percent after posting a score of 22 percent last year. For the four-class average (classes entering Ohio State between 2007-10), the GSR for Buckeye student-athletes was 86 percent. In the fall of 2013, as UConn was on its way to winning its most recent championship, the program's graduation rate hit a low of 8 percent.

Virginia Tech's GSR combined for all of its varsity sports listed (women's golf hadn't been added as a varsity sport and thus is not part of this report) was 90 percent - three percentage points above the national average.

Wrestling had the greatest year-to-year GSR increase of all Penn State teams with a jump of 16 percentage points. This is the ninth-consecutive year where Texas Tech has maintained its score or improved from the year prior.

Though Towson didn't release its overall percentage, its athletes finished with the highest collective GSR since the metric was introduced.

"Our student-athletes continually strive to set the standard on the playing fields, in the classroom and in Bancroft Hall", Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement.

The data is impacted by several variables, including players who opt for professional opportunities, and student-athletes in good academic standing who choose to transfer to another program or leave school early. "Our student-athletes are accomplishing great things in the classroom, which is reflective of a learning environment created through the hard work of the student-athletes, and, as well, by our coaches and an athletics support staff that is thoroughly committed to their success". Led by flawless scores by softball, women's tennis and women's volleyball, the Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers posted eight scores of 81 or higher. Five programs - men's cross country/track and field, women's cross country/track and field, golf, women's tennis and volleyball - own ideal 100-percent GSRs.