Pepsi deal to help retire UM athletic debt Graduation rate drop-off one-year 'blip,' Yow says

March 11, 1998|By Timothy B. Wheeler and Jamison Hensley

COLLEGE PARK — In Wednesday's editions, an article on graduation rates for athletes at the University of Maryland incorrectly referred to former football coach Mark Duffner. In fact, athletic director Debbie Yow said the percentage this year is likely to be lower because football players transferred after the departure of head coach Joe Krivak in 1991.

The Sun regrets the error.

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow told a University System Board of Regents panel yesterday that half the lump-sum payment from College Park's 15-year deal with Pepsi -- which she called an $8 million "signing bonus" -- would be used to help retire the school's $4.8 million athletic debt.

Yow also said the percentage of College Park athletes getting degrees this year is likely to be lower and suggested that the drop-off will be a one-year "blip" stemming from football players transferring to other schools after she fired coach Mark Duffner last year.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

It comes one year after the school reported a 69 percent graduation rate for athletes who entered in 1990 -- its highest rate in the 11-year history of the annual NCAA graduation report.

Last year, that NCAA report also showed Maryland as the only Atlantic Coast Conference school with a higher graduation rate for its athletes than students in general when looking at the freshman classes from 1987 to 1990.

But according to yesterday's annual report from the Board of Regents, that trend might not continue. Students in general who entered Maryland in 1992 had a 7.2 percent higher graduation rate after five years than athletes over the same period.

Earle Palmer Brown, a member of the regents, pointed out that College Park has the lowest percentage of male athletes in revenue-producing sports (basketball, football and lacrosse) in academic good standing -- 71 percent -- of any school in the state system. Yow said she was unfamiliar with that figure and could not explain it.

Brown also noted that funding for women's sports at College Park still lags behind that for men's sports, and that the percentage of athletic budget devoted to women's sports actually slipped slightly last year, from 25.1 percent to 24.1.

Yow replied that the school plans to offer golf for women in two years, giving female students 13 intercollegiate sports to 12 for men. She said the university's sports program was in legal compliance with Title IX, according to university lawyers.

Spending by gender

Here's how the Division I and II schools in the University System of Maryland stack up when it comes to the percentage of their total athletic budgets spent on men's sports vs. women's sports:

School .. .. .. .. ... 1996 .. .. .. .. .. .. 1997

.. .. .. .. .. ... ... Men .. ... Women .. .. Men ..... Women

Bowie State* .. .. ... 69.1 .. .. 25.3 .. ... 64.0 .... 29.2

Coppin State* .. .. .. 46.8 .. .. 29.5 .. ... 51.7 .... 48.3

Maryland .. .. ... ... 74.9 .. .. 25.1 .. ... 75.9 .... 24.1

Towson .. .. .. ... .. 57.3 .. .. 42.7 .. ... 56.8 .... 43.2

UMBC .. .. .. .. .. .. 57.4 .. .. 42.6 .. ... 56.9 .... 43.1

UMES* .. .. .. ... ... 53.6 .. .. 19.5 .. ... 41.3 .... 35.4

* -- Some men's and women's sports were combined for funding at Bowie State, Coppin State and UMES

Academic report

Graduation rates: The rate of graduation for all students vs. athletes at Division I and II schools in the University System of Maryland within five years (years reflect when the athlete entered school):

.. .. .. .. .. .. ..1990 .. .. .. ..1991 .. .. .. .. ..1992

School .. .. .. .. .S - A .. .. .. ..S - A .. .. .. ..S - A

Bowie State .. ..25.4 - 11.4 .. ..30.0 - 17.0 .. ..26.0 - 24.0

Coppin State .. .16.4 - 29.8 .. ..19.6 - 29.7 .. .. N/A - 3.0

Maryland .. .. ..54.5 - 57.1 .. ..56.1 - 57.2 .. ..57.2 - 50.0

Towson .. .. .. .53.9 - 61.0 .. ..47.9 - 58.9 .. ..52.2 - 30.2

UMBC .. .. .. ...40.0 - 50.0 .. ..42.0 - 61.0 .. ...N/A - N/A

UMES .. .. .. ...24.7 - 6.3 .. ...26.8 - 12.7 .. ..25.1 - N/A

Maryland athletes: A breakdown of Maryland-College Park athletes in good standing:

.. .. ... .. .. .. .. .. ..Pct. in good

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .standing

All athletes .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...87

Revenue men .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .71

Non-revenue men .. .. .. .. .. .. ...91

8, Women .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .93

All minorities .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .89

Athletes .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .70

Revenue men .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .59

Source: University System of Maryland Annual Report on Intercollegiate Athletics

Pub Date: 3/11/98

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