Black Male Student-Athletes and the 2014 Bowl Championship Series

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This updated research on Black male student-athletes and racial inequities in college sports examines the poor performance of these colleges and universities in graduating their Black male athletes. Only 50% of Black male student-athletes graduate within six years from universities in the seven major NCAA Division I sports conferences, compared to 67% of student-athletes overall, 73% of undergraduate students overall, and 56% of Black undergraduate men overall. To download the original Harper, Williams, and Blackman report on Black male student-athletes, which includes recommendations on improving racial equity in college sports, please visit

“In some instances, at Florida State University, for example, Black men comprise nearly 70% of the football team, yet just over one-third of those Black male student-athletes will graduate."

-Shaun R. Harper, former Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education


Dr. Shaun Harper is an expert on the education of minority males. He is former Executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. As of the summer of 2017, the RISE project is housed at the University of Southern California. For more information, please contact Dr. Shaun Harper at

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Press Release

For more information on the Center's BCS infographic, please refer to the press release