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Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State had widely varying degrees of success on the court in men’s basketball in 2009-10, but all three schools posted stellar performances in the classroom.

All three Triangle ACC men’s basketball teams received public recognition awards for performance in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) calculation for 2009-10. The only other ACC men’s basketball team to receive recognition was Virginia Tech’s.

The NCAA on Tuesday announced the awards, which are given each year to teams that finished in the top 10 percent nationally in their sport in the APR calculation, which measures classroom performance for each team.

On the court in 2009-10, Duke won the NCAA title, North Carolina was NIT runner-up and N.C. State played in the NIT.

Duke led all ACC schools with 15 sports programs receiving public recognition awards. In men’s sports, Duke was recognized in baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, golf, soccer, swimming, indoor and outdoor track, and wrestling. The Blue Devil women’s basketball, fencing, lacrosse and volleyball teams also were honored.

North Carolina was honored in seven sports - men’s basketball and swimming, and women’s fencing, golf, gymnastics, swimming and volleyball.

N.C. State received honors men’s basketball and cross country, and mixed rifle.

Boston College finished second to Duke in the ACC with 10 public recognition awards. Wake Forest has six sports honored.

The NCAA will release the complete APR data on March 24.


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Sociology dept

I see DUIke's Sociology Dept, err, I mean, Athletic Dept has been putting these kids in good situations to succeed. Congrats !

could be worse

At Ohio State, the preferred majors for athletes are Body Art and Creative Financing for Cars.

I also heard that some football players are applying to be recognized as public charities by the IRS. That way, donors can take a charitable contribution deduction for money they contribute to the players.  

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About the blogger

Ken Tysiac has covered the ACC for The Charlotte Observer since 2003, and spent the previous eight years covering Clemson for the Anderson Independent-Mail and then The State in South Carolina. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.