CCU football earns award for success in classroom

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After a historic 2014 season on the field, including the program’s first No. 1 national ranking, the Coastal Carolina football program received an award for its success in the classroom Wednesday.

The Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) presented Coastal Carolina with an Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award as the Chanticleers once again achieved the highest single-year APR among Big South Conference football programs with a 963 for the 2013-2014 year.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member colleges and universities adopted a comprehensive academic reform package designed to improve the academic success and graduation of all student-athletes. The centerpiece of the package is the academic measurement for teams, known as the APR.

Coastal football’s APR stands to improve once again next season. Of this past year’s 23-member senior class, a total of 19 received their degrees from Coastal Carolina University, and all 23 are in good academic standing. Furthermore, seven Chanticleers who have eligibility remaining this coming fall – Alex Ross, Datarius Allen, Michael Church, Leroy Cummings, Calvin Hollenhorst and Craig Weick – graduated this past academic year.

In 2014 the Chanticleers won a Big South title for the third consecutive season, tied its own Big South-record from 2013 with 12 wins, was a national seed to the NCAA Division I Championship, earned a first-round bye for the NCAA Division I Championship and reached the NCAA Division I quarterfinal for the second consecutive season. Coastal ranked fourth in the FCS in winning percentage (.875) posting a 12-2 record with its two losses coming by a combined eight points – a one-point loss to #17 Liberty and a seven-point loss at #1 North Dakota State. The Chants finished a program-best fifth in both The Sports Network Poll and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll.

 

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