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WDAM Viewpoint- USM Athletes Rank High Off The Field

As Seven On Your Side Sports reported, the Academic Progress Rates--or APR--for the 2010-11 academic year were released this Wednesday for all Southern Miss student -athletes by the NCAA.  Most of the time we cheer our athlete's performance on the field of play and that is well and proper.

But...it is not the whole story.  We should seek to graduation well educated and well rounded students as well.  The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team and averages them over 4 academic years.  A perfect score is 1000.  Well, out of the 16 sports programs at USM...12 programs ranked 950, with the men's golf team scoring a perfect 1000 over the 4 year period.  The team was cited by the NCAA earlier this week as one of 59 men's golf programs to be recognized by the organization for their out standing achievements in the class room.  While they may strive for the lowest score on the golf course...it is equally satisfying in the game of life to see them achieve the highest score in the class room.  We would like to commend all the coaches, teachers and student-athletes who performed so well.  We would also urge equal accomplishments in all the sports programs.  While excellence on the playing field is glorious for the moment and builds wonderful memories...excellence in the classroom as well exhibits a balanced notion of priorities and a work ethic that lays the ground work for a lifetime of achievement.  I'm Jim Cameron and that's today's Viewpoint.  Let us know what you think.

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