The University of Alabama football program posted an 84 Graduation Success Rate, tied for the best in the SEC West Division. It marked the sixth consecutive year Alabama football led or finished second in the division in the statistic and the first reporting period made up of entirely players of recruited by the staff of head coach Nick Saban.

The Alabama basketball program, along with six other Crimson Tide programs, once again led the SEC in GSR figures released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

Overall, Alabama’s GSR was 90 this year, ranking in the top four among SEC schools. The Crimson Tide’s overall score ranks in the top third nationally.

This year’s GSR spans the period covering student-athletes who attended the university during 2007-10.

The men’s basketball team remained at a perfect 100 while the Alabama football team jumped four points from a year ago to 84, which ranks fourth in the SEC, marking the ninth year in a row the Crimson Tide football squad has ranked in the top four in the SEC by GSR.

In addition to men’s basketball, Alabama also led the SEC with perfect GSR scores of 100 in men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and men’s swimming & diving. Alabama was third among SEC schools in terms of teams scoring a perfect 100.

In addition to the sports that posted perfect scores of 100, five others posted scores 90 or better – softball (95), soccer (93), volleyball (92), women’s swimming & diving (90) and women’s track & field (90).

Overall, 12 Alabama programs recorded a GSR score of 90 or better. The average GSR for student-athletes is 86 for all of NCAA Division I.

The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes those transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation, as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete.

Reach Cecil Hurt at or 205-722-0225.