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Study: Grad Rates Between Blacks, Whites Widening

Toledo Michigan Football

ANTONIO GONZALEZ   03/15/10 02:33 PM ET   AP

ORLANDO, Fla. — A new study finds the disparity between graduation rates for white and black players on NCAA tournament-bound men's basketball teams grew this year.

The annual report released Monday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida shows 45 teams graduated 70 percent or more of their white players. But only 20 teams graduated at least 70 percent of their black players.

The report relies on information provided by the NCAA. It uses graduation success rates and not federal graduation rates, which don't account for transfer students. The numbers measure six-year graduation rates for the freshman classes that entered college from the 1999-2000 through 2002-03 school years.

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