Clemson ranked #1 in Football, #4 in Academics

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Clemson is rolling with its athletics and academics

New America has released their latest academic football rankings on and Clemson was ranked #4 overall in the nation behind only Northwestern, Notre Dame and Stanford.

The rankings were based on football player graduation success rates (GSR) compared to the regular student male population at the respective school.

Schools were not penalized for having players who transfer or leave for the NFL as long as they left in good standing.

"Clemson turned in a solid 84% GSR for football, but more importantly, the school graduated football players at the same federal rate (79%) as the rest of the school’s male student body. This suggests to us that unlike many schools with major college football programs, Clemson is treating the educations of its players and overall students equally," says Benjamin Barrett, a researcher at New America.

In stark contrast, North Carolina at Chapel Hill had a 31% graduation rate by their football players compared to 88% rate by their non-football male student counterpart.

That's just plain awful.

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