The East Carolina men's basketball, men's golf, men's tennis and softball programs have been awarded the 2008 Conference USA Sport Academic Award, according to an announcement from League Commissioner Britton Banowsky on Friday.
The Sport Academic Award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest grade point average for the current academic year. Coach Mack McCarthy's squad earned a team GPA of 2.781 during the 2007-08 year to top the 12-member basketball league while Shawn Heinchon's tennis team turned in ECU's best performance with a 3.692 effort. Press McPhaul's golf program recorded a 3.506 mark and Tracey Kee's softball Pirates booked a 3.257 performance to account for East Carolina's four representatives -- the second-highest total among all Conference USA members.
Additionally, Rice was honored with the C-USA Institutional Excellence Award for the third-straight year
The Institutional Excellence Award is given to the C-USA institution with the highest grade point average during the current academic year for all student-athletes in conference sponsored sports. Rice student-athletes combined for an annual grade point average of 3.014, with five teams representing their respective sport's top GPA.
Baseball - UAB - 3.060
Men's Basketball - East Carolina - 2.781
Women's Basketball - Rice - 3.153
Men's Cross Country - Houston - 3.500
Women's Cross Country - Memphis - 3.713
Football - Rice - 2.786
Men's Golf - East Carolina - 3.506
Women's Golf - Marshall - 3.650
Men's Soccer - Tulsa - 2.990
Women's Soccer - Colorado College - 3.344
Softball - East Carolina - 3.257
Women's Swimming - Rice - 3.266
Men's Tennis - East Carolina - 3.692
Women's Tennis - Rice - 3.556
Men's Track and Field - Rice - 3.148
Women's Track and Field - Tulsa - 3.290
Volleyball - Memphis - 3.580