Jan. 11, 2007

SMU Receives Academic Achievement Award
From American Football Coaches Association

SMU Head Football Coach Phil Bennett accepts the AFCA's 2006 Academic Achievement Award.

WACO (AFCA) – SMU Head Coach Phil Bennett accepted the American Football Coaches Association's 2006 Academic Achievement Award this week at the AFCA's annual meeting.

The SMU football program earned the award, which is presented annually by the Touchdown Club of Memphis, after recording a 100 percent graduation rate when all members of its freshman class of 2000-2001 earned a degree.

SMU's win was the first for the school since the College Football Association began presenting the award in 1981. Although it is topping the list for the first time, SMU has been honored in the honorable mention category 11 times through the years (1987, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005).

"It's an honor to win this award and it shows the commitment SMU makes to its student-athletes," SMU Head Coach Phil Bennett said. "It's also a tribute to our tremendous academic support staff, our faculty and our student-athletes that value their educational success. We're very proud of this achievement and we will continue to strive for academic excellence."



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