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April 10, 2012

Student athletes

Not a fan of that term (few outside of college administration are), but MSU athletics last night celebrated an academic milestone and its best students -- including 22 football players. Max Bullough, Arthur Ray Jr. and Keith Mumphery got special awards. Here's the list of individual award winners:

   
•    President's Award (graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average) - Emily Langenberg (women's cross country/track and field) and Garret Back (men's soccer)
•    Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership award - Trevor Nill (hockey)
•    Harold & Raynor Shnider Office of the Provost Award - Kristen Kelsay (volleyball) and Keith Mumphery (football)
•    Multicultural Award -- Arthur Ray Jr. (football)
•    Athletic Director's Award (highest team cumulative GPA after fall semester) -- women's golf and men's tennis
•    Scholar-athlete awards (top cumulative GPA on team, must be at least a junior):
Baseball --Andrew Rademacher
Men's basketball -- Adreian Payne
Women's basketball -- Tracy Nogle
Men's cross country -- Brett Burdick
Women's cross country -- Emily Langenberg
Field hockey -- Corey Block
Football – Max Bullough
Men's golf -- Dave Ellis
Women's golf -- Caroline Powers
Gymnastics -- Daneen Haba
Hockey -- Brock Shelgren
Rowing -- Breanne Walkowiak
Men's soccer -- Garret Back
Women's soccer -- Megan Pines
Softball -- Brett Williams
Men's swimming and diving -- Brian Akers
Women's swimming and diving -- Kerry Sodonis
Men's tennis -- Christian Roehmer
Women's tennis -- Dana Guentert
Men's track -- Derik Peterman
Women's track -- Katherine Guikema
Volleyball -- Jenilee Rathje
Wrestling -- Nick Kaczanowski

    Random Tuesday Thought: One of the worst things about covering a college beat is watching the way some fans get so giddy about the legal/NCAA troubles of a rival team's players. Maybe I'm too close to the whole thing, but Michigan and Michigan State fans seem especially eager to pounce on any hint of trouble on the other side. On second thought, I'm sure it's like this with Alabama and Auburn, Duke and UNC, etc. Still. Annoying.

    In case you missed it, here's an interesting, heavily sourced look at Urban Meyer's Florida tenure. Not a pretty picture.

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