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Commodores first, Vols last in grad rates

Vanderbilt was at the top of the SEC in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) statistics released Wednesday by the NCAA.

The Commodores had an 89-percent graduation rate in football for the freshmen classes and transfer students of 2000 through 2003.

Bringing up the rear in the SEC was Tennessee, which had a 53-percent rate.

The NCAA releases the figures annually for rolling four-year survey periods. Vanderbilt also led the way in the SEC with a 91-percent rate in the figures released last year by the NCAA.

Here's how the SEC stacked up in the figures released Wednesday:

  • 1. Vanderbilt: 89 percent

  • 2. Georgia: 68 percent

  • 3. Alabama: 67 percent

  • 3. Florida: 67 percent

  • 3. LSU: 67 percent

  • 6. Mississippi State: 64 percent

  • 7. Auburn: 63 percent

  • 7. Kentucky: 63 percent

  • 9. Ole Miss: 61 percent

  • 10. South Carolina: 57 percent

  • 11. Arkansas: 55 percent

  • 12. Tennessee: 53 percent