USF puts 150 on Big East All-Academic team
The Big East released its All-Academic Team for the 2010-11 school year on Thursday, and USF had 150 student-athletes make the list, which covers all sports except for football.
To make the list, an athlete must earn a letter and maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher over the previous academic year while completing at least 18 credit-hours. USF's teams with the most athletes honored were women's track/cross-country, which had 36 honored, and women's soccer, which had 20 of its 35 players on the list, with men's soccer (15) and baseball (14) not far behind. It's worth mentioning that women's basketball had only three players honored (one a walk-on), and men's basketball did not have a single player meet the criteria for the honor.
Where does 150 non-football All-Academic athletes rank in the Big East? It's not exactly apples-to-apples, with different schools fielding teams in different numbers of sports. USF's total of 150 ranks 11th out of 16 Big East schools, just ahead of West Virginia (149) and DePaul (148). Here's the rundown from the top: Notre Dame 370, Georgetown 301, Villanova 265, Louisville 256, Syracuse 225, Cincinnati 218, Rutgers 217, Connecticut 214, St. John's 161, Seton Hall 157, USF 150, West Virginia 149, DePaul 148, Pittsburgh 133, Marquette 128, Providence 45.
The Big East also honored the teams with the highest GPAs in the conference in each of 26 sports -- USF was one of five schools that did not have a team make the list.