Friday, May 25, 2007

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA

Ok, who knew?

It should not come as a surprise that the college SIDs (Sports Information Directors) have an association -- The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). These folks choose the Academic All-America teams in 12 programs: football, women's volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's track & field/cross country, women's track & field/cross country, men's at-large and women's at-large. A first team, second team and third team are selected in both the University (Division I and I-AA) and College (Division II, III and NAIA) Divisions. Football consists of just first and second teams.

The are also “At-Large” selections for kids who participate in things like women's bowling, women's crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, water polo and men's wrestling. So they’ve got women’s bowling, but not women’s wrestling? What up?

To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. No athlete is eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution (thus, true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible transfers are not eligible).

They do this for the whole country and then they break it down into 8 districts. The ACC, save for BC, is in District 3.

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