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Golden Nuggets: Sandy Barbour takes responsibility for grad-rate failure

Athletic Director Sandy Barbour holds herself responsible for allowing football and men's basketball to fall below the standards of UC Berkeley.

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After the recent reveal of Cal's abysmal graduation rates in football and men's basketball, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour is holding herself accountable for this failure.

Cal athletics was dealt a humiliating blow with last week's report on graduation rates, in which Cal football ranked dead last among 72 major programs in the country and men's basketball wasn't much better.

Barbour, who has been athletic director since the fall of 2004, has to own it. She can't blame those numbers on departed coaches Jeff Tedford and Ben Braun. She was their boss. She extended their contracts during this dismal period. She is the one who has to be held accountable.

It's a tough time right now for Barbour, who likes to use the phrase "athletics done right." The report comes while her handpicked football coach, Sonny Dykes, is struggling in his debut season. While the Memorial Stadium financing plan is being questioned. But nothing is worse than messing with the essence of Cal: its academic pride.

In better news, former DB Tyre Ellison has been making an impact, but not on the football field, as he has earned a fellowship after rising above some difficult circumstances (video autoplays).

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