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