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ESPN turns its gaze to Cal football, and those pesky graduation rates

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cal’s football program gets some rare ESPN love today, largely owing to this being new coach Sonny Dykes’ first spring practice in the wake of Jeff Tedford’s being fired. Writer Ted Miller is measured about what to expect from the Bears, but throws out this zinger that AD Sandy Barbour has already identified as a priority:

Cal is the nation's most celebrated public university. It's difficult to walk around campus without running into someone wearing a Nobel Prize medal. Yet the football program not only ranked last in the Pac-12 in graduation rate last season at 48 percent -- 5 percent behind No. 11 Arizona -- it ranked second worst among automatic qualifying conference teams, 1 percent ahead of Oklahoma, where folks believe the Nobel Prize is something a person gets for visiting the “Rock Rose Capital of the World."

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