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Originally published Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Washington football ranks 2nd in Pac-12 in academic statistic

Washington had the second-best number among Pac-12 football teams in the annual Graduation Success Rates figures released Tuesday by the NCAA.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Washington had the second-best number among Pac-12 football teams in the annual Graduation Success Rates figures released Tuesday by the NCAA.

GSR is the companion research to the Academic Performance Rate numbers released in the spring that can result in scholarship or postseason penalties. Full results are available at www.ncaa.org.

Statistics include federal graduation-rate numbers, the old rates the NCAA decided to refine several years ago because they docked schools for transfers who departed, even if they were in good academic standing.

Washington football had a solid 76 GSR and 69 in the federal reckoning, each of which ranked second in the Pac-12 behind Stanford's 87 and 84.

The numbers are for the classes that entered the school years beginning 2001 through 2004 — the last three classes recruited by Rick Neuheisel and the only one signed by Keith Gilbertson.

Washington State's football GSR of 62 and federal rate of 61 were the same as Utah, tying the Cougars for fifth in the conference on the GSR and third in the federal grade.

For Football Bowl Subdivision programs, the average GSR over the four-year group (2001-04) was 67 percent.

Meanwhile, the men's basketball numbers — always volatile because of ever-changing rosters and the academic implications — yielded mixed results. Washington had a 56 GSR in the four-year 2001-04 entering-class cohort, tying the Huskies for seventh in the Pac-12 with Arizona State.

Washington State's men's basketball GSR was 70, fourth-best in the Pac-12. The national four-year average was 66.

The Gonzaga men's basketball program had a 73 GSR.

For women's basketball, Washington posted a 93 GSR, Washington State 86 and Gonzaga 94.

Washington's overall GSR was 83. Men's and women's golf each had perfect scores of 100.

For Washington State, the overall GSR was 75. The men's golf and women's soccer teams each scored 100.

Nationally, GSR figures for both the one-year snapshot of incoming freshman (in 2004-05) and the four-class measure (covering athletes who entered 2001-04), hit at least 80 percent. The one-year score was 82 percent. The four-year average was 80 percent.

About the only glitch on the otherwise strong report was a slight decrease in the one-year analysis of FBS schools. It went from 69.2 percent to 68.6 percent, still the second-highest number in history.

Times staff reporter Bob Condotta and The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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