May 30, 2006
BERKELEY - The University of California has been recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for graduating 70 percent or more of its football student-athletes. The Golden Bears earned honorable mention accolades from the AFCA, along with 22 other institutions.
California was the only team in the Pac-10 recognized with national honors by the AFCA. Five schools achieved a rate of 90 percent or better: Boston College, Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Southern Mississippi. Cal was among the 23 institutions to graduate 70 percent or better: Auburn, Baylor, California, Cincinnati, Clemson, Colorado State, Florida State, Iowa, Iowa State, Maryland, Miami (Ohio), Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Rice, Rutgers, Syracuse, Texas Tech, Troy, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
The study involves the freshman class from the academic year of 2000-2001, including those who entered at that time but who did not receive financial aid until after their initial year, or who transferred from another institution and subsequently received a grant-in-aid.
California is coming off an 8-4 season that included a win in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl. The Bears ended the 2005 season ranked No. 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls. Cal opens the 2006 season on the road, playing at Tennessee on Sept. 2. The home opener for the Golden Bears is Sept. 9 against Minnesota.