July 3, 2009

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the second consecutive year, eight student-athletes from the University of Notre Dame have garnered ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. With the conclusion of the 2008-09 school year, Notre Dame ranks second all-time among all universities and colleges in the number of Academic All-Americans it has produced.

The Academic All-American selection process is organized annually by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Notre Dame has had 210 Academic All-Americans and ranks second behind Nebraska’s total of 268 since the program’s inception in 1952. Over the course of the last decade, Notre Dame stands first in the number of Academic All-Americans it has produced as Irish student-athletes have garnered Academic All-America citations on 84 occasions.

In seven different sport categories, Notre Dame ranks in the top 10 — baseball (first), women’s soccer (first), football (third), men’s at-large (third), men’s cross country/track & field (tied for fourth), softball (tied for seventh) and women’s at-large (tied for 10th).

Notre Dame’s Academic All-Americans in ’08-’09 included: Mike Anello (football; second team), Matt Besler (men’s soccer; first team), Brittany Bock (women’s soccer; first team), Lauren Buck (women’s at-large; third team), Erik Condra (men’s at-large/hockey; second team), Jordan Pearce (men’s at-large/hockey; first team), Patrick Smyth (men’s cross country/track & field; first team) and Elise Weber (women’s soccer; second team).

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have received sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

Academic All-America Selections (All Divisions)            TotalUniversity of Nebraska                                     268University of Notre Dame                                   210Penn State University                                      157Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)                155Stanford University                                        136Augustana College (Ill.)                                   130Bucknell University                                        117University of Texas                                        115Emory University                                           114UCLA                                                       111
Division I Academic All-Americans TotalUniversity of Nebraska 268University of Notre Dame 210Penn State University 157Stanford University 136Bucknell University 117University of Texas 115UCLA 111Ohio State University 106University of Florida 105University of Georgia 102
Most Academic All-America Selections Since 2000 TotalUniversity of Notre Dame 84University of Nebraska 82Emory University 73Penn State University 63Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) 62Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 59North Dakota State University 50Calvin College 49Gustavus Adolphus College 49University of Tennessee 49
Academic All-America Men's At-Large Selections TotalEmory University 37Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 36University of Notre Dame 31University of Nebraska 28University of Minnesota 27Augustana College (Ill.) 25Stanford University 25Johns Hopkins University 24Penn State University 23Kenyon College 23University of Texas 22
Academic All-America Women's At-Large Selections TotalEmory University 37University of Georgia 31Truman State University 31University of Nebraska 30University of Florida 30Gustavus Adolphus College 26University of Texas 26Augustana College (Ill.) 26Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 25University of Wisconsin 25University of Notre Dame 23Ithaca College 23Penn State University 23
Academic All-America Baseball Selections TotalUniversity of Notre Dame 29Bucknell University 28Wichita State University 26Illinois Wesleyan University 25Delta State University 22Johns Hopkins University 21Mississippi State University 20Western Michigan University 19University of Arizona 18University of Nebraska 17
Academic All-America Football Selections TotalUniversity of Nebraska 98Penn State University 53University of Notre Dame 52University of Dayton 48Ohio State University 48University of Oklahoma 47Stanford University 37Carnegie Mellon University 36U.S. Air Force Academy 34University of Texas 33
Academic All-America Women's Soccer Selections TotalUniversity of Notre Dame 14Penn State University 11University of North Carolina 11Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte) 8University of Portland 7U.S. Naval Academy 7Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 7University of Indianapolis 6Saint Louis University 6Ohio Northern University 6
Academic All-America Softball Selections TotalUniversity of Nebraska 26Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 20Florida Southern College 20California State University-Fresno (Fresno State) 18Illinois Wesleyan University 18The College of New Jersey 18DePaul University 18University of Notre Dame 17Northern Illinois University 17Kent State University 14McDaniel College 14Ohio Northern University 14
Academic All-America Men's Cross Country/Track & Field TotalCalvin College 14Adams State College 13University of Oregon 13University of Notre Dame 12Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) 12Augustana College (Ill.) 12North Dakota State University 12Nebraska Wesleyan University 11University of Wisconsin 10Florida State University 10

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