Sunday, April 8, 2007

Grats to the Spartans/Graduation Data

Many congratulations to the Spartans of Michigan State who came from behind again to defeat the Eagles of Boston College 3-1 in the final of the Frozen Four. The lone goal for the Eagles came on a power play, and was the lone goal given up on a power play by the Spartans, who went a ridiculous 17 for 18 in penalty-killing during the tournament.

Academics also appear to be taken serious by both finalists, with 72% and 85% graduation rates for Michigan State and Boston College respectively in ‘Other’ sports. [The NCAA only lists sport-specific graduation rates in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country/Track & Field, and Football]. The other Frozen Four participants have nothing to brag about. North Dakota at 56% has a graduation rate only 2% higher than the rest of the student body. Maine, at 46%, has a graduation rate lower than the football team (48%), the basketball team (50%), and the rest of the student body (55%). What is chilling things up in Orono?

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