The NCAA should publish football and basketball graduation rates adjusted to eliminate those people who left early for the draft and have played at least two or three years in the NBA or NFL, as well as overall rates. Graduation rates should be about how well the college serves the student, and the fact is, to develop an athlete who joins the sports elite and makes lot of money is a very good service to someone who enrolled in college.

Without publishing these rates, there’s a big hole people can use to discredit the numbers, and coaches can easily misrepresent their programs as “successful” in the way that means most to recruits. But you know what might encourage the higher profile athletes to stay and get their degrees? Knowing exactly how many people leave early and don’t hit the bigtime. Get those numbers out in public.

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