Maryland Basketball Team Dead Last In NCAA Graduation Rates

BUT THEY DID SAVE ON THOSE PESKY CAP & GOWN COSTS: The BALTIMORE SUN somehow spots something rarer on the campus of the University of Maryland than Ralph Friedgen bellying up to an Iceberg Wedge: A Terps basketball player toting a diploma.

Maryland Terps Tattoo

The NCAA this week released historical graduation rates for Division I basketball teams. Or in the case of Maryland, dropout rates.

Maryland’s men’s basketball team was the only Division One program in the nation that failed to graduate any players who enrolled between 1997 and 2000, and none of the starters on Maryland’s 2002 national championship team graduated within six years of enrolling. Zero.

Maryland Terrapin

Yesterday current coach Gary Williams said former Terps basketball players make more than the average college graduate. He then went on to list only ex-UM students who played in the NBA, without mentioning a single former player not in The Association or playing overseas.

With spin like that, we think Williams really missed his calling and should exchange the Halls of Academe for the nearby Halls of Congress.