NCAA Says Hurricane Football is Academic Overachiever

The University of Miami football team made the NCAA’s list of 13 teams that it considers academic overachievers.

From Miami Herald Wire Services

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA just gave the football programs at Miami and Ohio State a big morale boost.

Both programs outperformed many of their rivals in the classroom and joined 11 other Football Bowl Subdivision teams on this year’s list of academic overachievers.

The timing is impeccable for two of college football’s most prominent programs, both trying to repair damaged reputations after facing embarrassing NCAA investigations over the past 18 months.

An investigation into a series of tawdry allegations made last summer by former Miami booster and convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro is ongoing. Shapiro claimed he provided improper benefits to 72 Miami football players and recruits from 2002 to 2010.

Jim Tressel resigned as the Buckeyes’ coach in May 2011 after admitting he knew players had likely accepted improper benefits. Some Ohio State players also were suspended, and the Buckeyes have been banned from the postseason this fall.

Now, the NCAA — which plans to vote in August on punishing the most egregious rule-breakers more harshly — has rewarded UM and Ohio State for success in the classroom.

“These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said.
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