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Gophers 'admirable' on college football Grid of Shame

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The University of Minnesota football program isn't a powerhouse, but the Gophers have an “admirable” program, according to the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper plotted the nation's Division I football teams on a “Grid of Shame” to compare each program's performance both on and off the field.

Only 8 teams are more “admirable” than the Gophers on the ethics scale, with 5 of the 8 from the Big Ten conference.

Methodology: “We decided the thin line between admirable and embarrassing with a weighted calculation of every team's academic performance, NCAA violation and probationary record, attendance figures, off-season arrests, total funding it takes from the university or state and amount that student fees subsidize the athletic department.”

Traditional powers like Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Florida State sit together in the bottom-right quadrant with “powerhouse” athletics, but “embarrassing” ethics.

View the grid at http://online.wsj.com/news/interactive/SHAME082714?ref=SB10001424052970203937904580118002691523946

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