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Alabama Football & Men's Basketball Graduation Success Rates

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The NCAA has released its annual report on graduation success rates and student athletes at the University of Alabama continue to shine academically.

The single-year graduation rate of 82 percent for Alabama student athletes who began college in the fall of 2004 and were given six years to finish was equal to the national average. The tally was third in the Southeastern Conference, eclipsed by Vanderbilt (92) and Florida (83). The results mirror strong APR rates tallied by UA student athletes in recent years.

In terms of individual sports, Alabama football continued an upward trend with 69 percent of the team's players in the 2004 freshman class receiving diplomas within the 6-year window. That's right at the national average and a slight increase over the past two years.

Alabama football GSR Scores 1998-2004

Source: NCAA

The 2011 Crimson Tide football team bosts no less than 11 players that already have degrees in hand. They include Hardie Buck, Josh Chapman, Nick Gentry, Brandon Gibson, Barrett Jones, Phelon Jones, Alfred McCullough, Morgan Ogilvie, Chris Underwood, William Vlachos and Alex Watkins. Over the past four seasons the Crimson Tide has had a total of 42 players compete after having already graduated.

Alabama basketball, meanwhile, took a step back from several years of stellar numbers to record a 67 percent graduation rate. Still, that number is just one percentage point shy of the national average.

Alabama basketball GSR Scores 1998-2004

Source: NCAA

In addition, Alabama's defending Southeastern Conference Champion softball and women's golf teams both lead the league with perfect GSR scores of 100 again this year. Alabama's soccer and women's tennis teams also led the SEC again this year with perfect 100 GSR scores.

To see how UA's football and men's basketball programs performed in comparison to the rest of the SEC you can check out my post over on Team Speed Kills.