Successful in the Classroom, Too


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Jan. 7, 2014

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By Richard Lapchick
Published in the Orlando Sentinel
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

I remember when UCF was selected for a bowl game for the first time in 2005.

I am the guy who reports graduation rates and academic progress rates for all the bowl bound teams each year. I felt badly that I had to report that year that UCF had the worst graduation rates and next to the worst academic progress rate among all the bowl-bound teams.

Obviously George O'Leary was getting the team to be better on the field since it made a bowl game that year. Nearly a decade later not only did we win our biggest sports contest ever on the field against Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, but we also have scored enormously with a successful record in the classroom due to Coach O'Leary's prioritization of academics and athletics together.

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