According to the AP in a report published on ESPN.com:
A report released Monday found 86 percent of Tar Heels men's players earned diplomas during a six-year period. The other top seeds were far worse: 45 percent at Kansas and 40 percent at UCLA and Memphis.
The study was conducted by Richard Lapchick, head of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. It evaluated four different freshman classes for a period beginning in 1997-98 and ending with 2000-01. Though the players evaluated are no longer on campus, the report intends to provide a snapshot of academic trends.
Are they serious? Only Roy Williams was coaching any of these teams during this period and he was coaching Kansas, not UNC. The lavin program was a joke on all fronts, and since then we have seen almost everyone graduate. That said, why would an elite program be expected to keep players all 4 years? The University has an obligation to prepare its students for their future career and life. If that preparation is met in 1 or 2 years, then why would they stay? Darren is clearly ready to take the next step and he shouldn't be concerned with how it reflects on the university when he leaves.
This isn't football. There aren't 105 players on a D1 basketball team like there may be on a football team (rule 17.11). If you are an elite program 2 or 3 players may jump early every year in basketball. With class size being only 4 or 5 at the most you'll have a hard time keeping graduation rates up. Conversely, if you are an elite football program with 4 or 5 players leaving early each year you have classes of 25+ to keep graduation rates up.
Our academics standards are as high as any in the country and yet we have only had one player leave early from back to back final 4 teams. Remember that Afflalo graduated in 3 years.
This is not news, nor is it responsible reporting given the antiquated nature of the study. What do you guys think?