New calculations show higher NCAA grad rates
More than three-fourths of Division I athletes complete their college education, according to a new calculation that NCAA President Myles Brand calls more accurate.
The new Graduation Success Rate, or GSR, shows 76 percent graduate, NCAA officials said yesterday. The rate includes students who transfer to other schools throughout their college career, information not considered in the federally mandated graduation rate. That rate is 62 percent, according to preliminary data.
Both the federal rate and the GSR track students in the entering classes of 1995-96 to 1998-99. Success rates for the general college student population are not available, officials said.
At the University of Hawaii, the water polo and men's tennis teams had 100 percent GSRs. Men's basketball (25 percent) and football (40 percent) had the lowest GSRs at UH.
"This first-year date from the NCAA is a starting point for us," UH athletic director Herman Frazier said. "There are areas that will be addressed from all angles as we move forward. We will have conversations with our coaches and academic affairs staff to devise our plan of action. This is always a work in progress in collegiate athletics."
"Our students today are far more mobile than they have been in the past," Brand said. "We must respect that migration of students in order to get accurate data."
James to preview Hawaii Bowl at banquet
Craig James, a former New England Patriots running back, will preview the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl at the game's kickoff banquet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Waikiki.
The cost for the banquet is $53 for adults and $35 for children.
James is in town to cover the Hawaii Bowl (UCF vs. Nevada) game on Dec. 24 as an analyst for ESPN.
To purchase tickets for kickoff banquet, call the Sheraton Waikiki at 922-4422.
Tritons topple Cavaliers in Coconut Classic
A late 11-0 run helped lift UC San Diego over Montreat (N.C.) yesterday 70-58 in a Coconut Coast Classic men's basketball game at Kekuaokalani gym in Kailua-Kona.
The Tritons (2-6) take on host Hawaii-Hilo (6-3) tomorrow in the Classic's finale at 2 p.m. The tournament continues today with a 2 p.m. contest between Embry-Riddle (Ariz., 11-1) and SUNY-Potsdam (5-3).
Robby Peters led UCSD with 19 points. Tim Lewis had 23 points for the Cavaliers (8-4).
LPGA waives limit for teenager
The LPGA Tour made an exception yesterday for 17-year-old Morgan Pressel, accepting her as a member instead of making her wait until she turns 18 three months after the season begins.
The decision means that Pressel, a senior honor student at St. Andrews School in Boca Raton, Fla., can play wherever she is eligible and have her earnings count on the money list and toward the LPGA Tour's new playoff system that splits the year in two parts.
"This is good news," said her grandfather, Herb Krickstein. "We've very happy about it."
Honolulu's Michelle Wie, 16, a junior in high school, is not expected to join the LPGA Tour until she turns 18.