Four MAC Teams Honored By AFCA

Updated 6/19/2000

Four Mid-American Conference football teams received honorable mention status for academic achievement by the American Football Coaches Association. Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Marshall earned recognition for outstanding graduation rates.

Syracuse won the AFCA Academic Achievement Award, presented annually by the Touchdown Club of Memphis, and 22 other NCAA Division I-A members besides the four MAC schools received honorable mention status for having graduation rates of 70 percent or better. Those institutions include Baylor, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Purdue, Rice, South Carolina, Southern California, Southern Methodist, Tulane, Tulsa, Virginia, Wake Forest, Wisconsin.

"We're proud of the academic and athletic achievements of the student-athletes from these outstanding MAC programs," said MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst. "This is the second consecutive year since I've been here that these institutions have been so honored, and I congratulate them."

The overall graduation rate of the 97 institutions participating in the survey was 57 percent, up from 56 percent a year ago. The median graduation rate was 58 percent, the same as the previous two years. The survey involved the freshman class from the academic year of 1994-95 who received athletically-related financial aid as a member of the institution's football squad. Of those student-athletes who completed four years of eligibility, 71.8 percent have graduated and another 8.3 percent are currently enrolled and working toward a degree.

The 2000 AFCA Academic Achievement Award will be presented to Syracuse at the AFCA Kickoff Luncheon during the Association's 2001 convention in Atlanta, Ga.