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'Horns lead Big 12 on court and in the classroom

Posted on: February 17, 2011 4:37 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 4:55 pm
 
J'Covan Brown and Dogus Balbay are two of four Longhorns on the Big 12 All-Academic team

Posted by Eric Angevine

Barring an unlikely collapse in Saturday's game at Nebraska, the Texas Longhorns could take over the No. 1 spot in the AP poll on Monday. On the hardwood, they play a very tough, smart brand of basketball.

The toughness is instilled by the teachings of Rick Barnes. The intelligence comes from the players themselves.

Texas leads the Academic All-Big 12 Men's basketball team with four selections, and an amazing three on the first team, which honors players who maintain a grade point average of 3.2 or above. We're not talking token practice players here, or starters with dodgy majors. The three first-team selections are Dogus Balbay, J'Covan Brown (both above) and Gary Johnson, with Jordan Hamilton on the second team (GPA between 3.00 and 3.19). Balbay, a native of Turkey, is preparing to graduate with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies. The other three UT honorees are all Education majors.

Colorado had two first-team selections. No other school had more than one. Missouri and Baylor didn't make the list at all.

Congrats to the Longhorns for chucking the 'dumb jock' stereotype in the trash. There's no place for it down in Austin this season.

Read the full list of Academic All-Big 12 team honorees
Comments

Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:26 pm
 

'Horns lead Big 12 on court and in the classroom

sorry, but I'm going to have to classify Education as a "dodgy major."  Take a look at that curriculum some time.  I can sum up in one sentence what they take 30 credit hours to teach: Everyone learns differently, so we need to vary our teaching.  There; get a 3.2 in that, lads.


At least they didn't take basket-weaving



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 6:40 am
 

'Horns lead Big 12 on court and in the classroom

Right, the only thing is you make it sound like Texas is the ONLY institution doing this.
Perhaps its not the same at Stanford or Duke, but across the board, the "Dodgy Major" is a given.
Lets face it, for the Major's this is really nothing more than minor league basketball (Football as well). I guess its not a HUGE accomplishment, but its still better than 95% of the other Major basketball schools out there.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:49 am
 

'Horns lead Big 12 on court and in the classroom

Sorry, but I'm going to have to classify Education as a "dodgy major."  Take a look at that curriculum some time.  I can sum up in one sentence what they take 30 credit hours to teach: Everyone learns differently, so we need to vary our teaching.  There; get a 3.2 in that, lads.


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