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"We Are BC": Academic and Athletic Excellence onthe Heights

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Derrick Z. Jackson’s College Football Rankings

At the end of each college football season, Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson publishes a list of graduation rates for white and black student-athletes, arguing that any school with a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 50% or below for either, or any school that has a sizable gap between white and black graduation rates, should be disqualified from postseason bowl games. In this table, based on 2007’s GSRs, Boston College is the only school with white and black graduation rates both over 90%.

Wise Guys” by Dan Wetzel

In 2007, as Boston College’s football team started the season 7-0 and moved into the top 5 nationally, Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel honored BC for its high academic standards.

Gene DeFilippo Biography

DeFilippo’s official biography from Boston College’s website.

Playing By His Own Rules”: Boston Magazine, August 27, 2009

Boston Magazine article on Gene DeFilippo, focusing on his choice of Frank Spaziani as head football coach and his overall style as athletic director. interview with Gene DeFilippo

Discussing the 2008-09 athletic year as well as graduation rates and balancing athletics and academics.