Rice, Stanford, Tulane… and Georgia

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.



Filed under Academics? Academics., Georgia Football

75 responses to “Rice, Stanford, Tulane… and Georgia

  1. Tronan

    But, but, but – Tech is the Yale/Harvard/MIT/CalTech/Oxford/Cambridge/Sorbonne/Heidelberg of the South. There must be some mistake.


  2. Lorenzo Dawgriguez

    It is great to be in the same group as those other schools. I didn’t see Tek listed, did I miss it?


  3. Dawgy45

    This is going to be a real shock to some PITA Buckeye fans I know. Not only do they insist the BigXX is equal to the SEC in football, they are also convinced that BigXX schools are vastly superior to the SEC academically (partly because of their “much higher” graduation rates).


    • The 984

      There’s an easy way to spin it. tOSU’s academics are so rigorous not all of their players can graduate, and the SEC’s academics are so horrible that a chimpanzee with a pencil can graduate. Of course that’s wrong, but that’s how “Academically Superior” schools like Tech or tOSU would spin it.


  4. oscardagrch

    This makes my day. My wife went to Rice and I went to UGA twice….banner day in our football world.


  5. Where are the nuclear physicists from Tech?
    Where are the sociologists from Auburn?
    Where are the pharmacists from Florida?


  6. AusDawg85

    After 20 years, Jan Kemp would be proud. Mark Richt has lost control of the athletes in “student-athlete”.


  7. ThePetis

    Did Stafford graduate? He was a member of the 2006 freshman football class. I didn’t realize he graduated. Kudos to all involved.


  8. Spike

    No Tech, huh? Imagine that, you dorks.


    • Since I don’t see any mention of 2006 at your link, I’m not sure what you’re referring to.


      • reipar

        Yes there is a clear disagreement between his apples and your oranges. 🙂


      • AusDawg85

        But at least you can scroll to the very bottom and find Tech at 55% compared to UGA’s 69% in that survey.


        • Cojones

          Their BBall rate is even more interesting. 18% ? FU was the only team to surpass them with a 17%. Of course one could conjecture that they went to the NBA moreso than numbers from other schools suggesting that they don’t send as many to the NBA. As long as there are two standards to measure by there will be controversy. It dilutes the prestige of the highest grad rate.


  9. His Imperial Highness Mutt Hatah Jacket

    But, but, but, UGAY is a school full of thugs with no where near the academic standards of Tech.


  10. www

    i thought i’d heard that bragging about education wasn’t allowed on a college football blog?

    congrats nonetheless.

    football players who graduate should be recognized for their hard work.


  11. BulldogBen

    still murky on the details here. So this means every player from 2006-2012 graduated?

    If so, why the announcement in November, 2013?

    Regardless, pretty amazing.


  12. Dumbestdwagaround

    Tommy: Did you hear I finally graduated?
    Richard Hayden: Yeah, and just a shade under a decade too. All right.
    Tommy: You know a lot of people go to college for seven years.
    Richard Hayden: I know, they’re called doctors.


  13. Dumbestdwagaround

    Seriously, of all 28 players that committed to UGA in 2006 and graduated, how many have degrees that actually mean something? I would guess maybe 4-5, which is a whole lot less than the number of arrests this signing class has had.


  14. Russ

    I agree Senator. Wonderful accomplishment and well done to all involved.


  15. trollalala

    Isn’t this award like having perfect attendance throughout elementary school?


    • I’m sure the alumni of Rice, Stanford and Tulane would totally agree with you.

      Amusing that you guys want to bring up football academics.


      • TennesseeDawg

        They have the memory of a Gamecock fan.


      • Dumbestdwagaround

        It’s amusing that YOU, as the poster of this blog, brought up football academics, which not only are completely irrelevant to anyone else at the school, but your school also sucks at. Half your team couldn’t meet the NCAA entrance requirements to attend college in the first place.


        • LeonardPopesthesis

          Hey man, general studies and housing are tough at uga.


        • Half your team couldn’t meet the NCAA entrance requirements to attend college in the first place.

          You realize that comment makes no sense at all, right?


        • W.H.A. 2011

          It’s amusing that YOU, the dumbest poster on this comment thread, like to point out what you think to be an irrelevance but, can’t even type correct English grammar. Using “at” to end a sentence makes you sound stupid. Also, if you knew anything about this site, you’d know it’s about anything the senator likes to bring to our attention and is greatly appreciated by the majority of its viewers.

          It’s hate week! So, suck it GnaTs!


  16. hassan

    It’s tough recruiting here since the school puts so much emphasis on academics. Oh wait….it’s not tough for us to recruit and attract talent at all.


  17. HumpinmySister

    I’m gonna be a Georgia grad you guys!



  18. Russ

    Possibly the best part of this award is how much it bugs the, uh, bugs.

    See all of you at Mark Richt Field on Saturday.


  19. TennesseeDawg

    Stingtalk losers have really turned out today.


  20. Sock Puppet

    This is kinda of like having the prettiest frog at the fair. We won a blue ribbon so we should be proud but its still a frog.