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Ohio University football earns national academic recognition

ATHENS, Ohio (July 27, 2005) -- For graduating more than 70 percent of its football student-athletes from the 1999-2000 freshman class, Ohio University was one of 25 schools nationwide to be recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for academic excellence recently, marking the second straight year Ohio has earned the recognition.

"This stellar graduation rate is reflective of Ohio University's commitment to offering its student-athletes the best possible experience in the classroom and on the playing field," Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis said. "The university is committed to academic and athletic excellence. Participation in intercollegiate athletics offers student-athletes the opportunity to develop skills such as leadership, teamwork and accountability that help them succeed in life, both during their college careers and after graduation from the university."

The survey regards members of the freshman class who received football scholarships and began their college careers during the 1999-2000 academic year and completed their degree work in five plus years (through the 2004 summer session).

According to the AFCA, the survey is designed to measure an entering freshman class that received athletically related financial aid from the institution of initial attendance and analyze academic progress over a period of five plus years. The study involves the freshman class of 1999-2000, including those who entered at that time but who did not receive financial aid until after their initial year or who transferred from another institution and subsequently received a grant-in-aid.

The Mid-American Conference led the way with six programs being honored, twice the total of any other conference. In addition to the Bobcats, Ball State University, Kent State University, Miami University, Northern Illinois University and Western Michigan University also made the prestigious list.

The overall graduation rate of the 103 NCAA, Division 1A schools that responded to the survey was 58 percent, one percent less than the previous year.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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