Statement from K-State Athletics
The recent article by Inside Higher Ed reflects federal graduation rate data from student-athletes entering college in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. During this period, K-State experienced head coaching turnover in both football and men’s basketball with new coaches hired in football in 2006 and 2008 and men’s basketball in 2006 and 2007 and transition in department leadership with new athletics directors in 2008 and 2009. Federal graduation rates penalize institutions for student-athletes who transfer out, even if they are academically eligible, and do not acknowledge incoming transfer student-athletes who do graduate. A current snapshot of K-State’s academic standing in football and men’s basketball shows near-perfect Academic Progress Rates (APR) scores in men’s basketball (1.00 current year APR score in 2014 and four-year scores of .974 in 2014 and .980 in 2015) and since Coach Bruce Weber’s arrival to K-State in 2012, the men’s basketball program has seen 100-percent (10 of 10) of its black student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility graduate – including Rodney McGruder, Jordan Henriquez, Martavious Irving, Shane Southwell, Omari Lawrence, Nino Williams, Thomas Gipson, Shawn Meyer, Stephen Hurt [May 2016] and Justin Edwards [May 2016]. The same can be said for football under Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder as the program has led the Big 12 in APR in each of the last two seasons with four-year scores of .968 and .976, while 91-percent of all football student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility under Snyder have earned degrees.