If our acknowledgement that the relevance of the academic side of the student-athlete experience in college football is more than lip service, than this news should be treated as a pretty big deal, if you ask me.
University of Georgia, Rice University, Stanford University and Tulane University will share the American Football Coaches Association’s 2013 Academic Achievement Award, which is presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis.
Georgia, Rice, Stanford and Tulane recorded a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman football student-athlete class of 2006. This is the first time Georgia and Tulane have received this award, and the second honor for Rice and Stanford.
That is some pretty prestigious company there. Everyone involved in making that happen – coaches, administrators and, most of all, the players themselves – deserve a major round of applause. I’m proud of every one of those graduates. I’m proud of being associated with a school that helped bring that about.
Take a bow, folks. Well done.