Culture: Record 100 Penn State Fall Athletes Receive Academic All-Big Ten Honors

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Let the #culture eruption begin.

Penn State announced earlier today that 100 fall student athletes have received Academic All-Big Ten honors this semester, shattering the previous school record of 81 in 2007. That number stands atop of the Big Ten, with Northwestern six behind.

In its 20 years in the Big Ten, Penn State has produced 4,124 Academic All-Big Ten student-athletes — a true testament to the “Success with Honor” credo that still rings true today. The Academic All-Big Ten recognition is given to student-athletes who carry a 3.0 cumulative GPA and letter in their respective sport.

In the conference, the men’s cross country and the field hockey teams led the pack with 9 and 16 Academic All-Big Ten honorees, respectively. The Penn State football team was tied for third with a program record 28 honorees. Three of the honorees — John Urschel (football), Katie Rodden (cross country), and Maggie Harding (volleyball) — did so with 4.0 GPAs.

This comes on the heels of the Penn State football team being honored by the American Football Coaches Association for its outstanding graduation rate.

The seven fall sports teams weren’t too shabby on the field, either. The women’s soccer team made it to the championship match, and the women’s volleyball team made it all the way to the Final Four. And we all know how the football season turned out. For the full list of Academic All-Big Ten honorees, check out this list.

It was less than five months ago when Mark Emmert said this to CBS: “We can’t stand to the side and watch the values of intercollegiate athletics be blown up in that fashion. We want everyone to pay attention. This is indeed a cautionary tale, that the athletic tail can’t wag the academic dog.”

And it’s starting to sound more and more ridiculous every day.

Photo By: Eric Weiss

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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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