"The big news in the Pac-12 is that Cal's graduation rate continues to sink and now ranks dead last in the conference. Having a graduation rate lower than that of perennial cellar-dweller Arizona really takes some doing, but Cal did it. Cal's grad rate now is down to 48%. These are four-year averages, so this isn't just a matter of one fluky class distorting the graduation rate. For several years, Cal was touting Jeff Tedford's success in improving grad rates, relying on carefully massaged numbers even as the NCAA's official reports were telling a different story. But Tedford's supposed success turned out to be an illusion. We suspect that Cal will blame its low graduation rates on the recently departed Tedford, just as it blamed low grad rates under Tedford on his predecessor, Tom Holmoe. But we believe this is an institutional issue, not a coaching issue. Cal has had chronically low graduation rates under coach after coach. If Cal really wants to improve graduation rates, it needs to take institutional responsibility rather than continuing to blame the last coach. Looking at federal graduation rates, Cal also has the lowest federal grad rate in the conference at 47%, a tick lower than Arizona State and USC at 48%."