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Student-athletes earn top academic honors

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A total of 122 UTA student-athletes were honored recently by the Sun Belt Conference as members of the conference's Commissioner's List and Academic Honor Roll.

The Commissioner's List recognizes student-athletes who maintained a 3.5 or higher grade-point average during the 2016-17 academic year, while the Academic Honor Roll awards those student-athletes who maintained a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49.

"Certainly, we are proud of the achievements of our student-athletes in competition," says Jim Baker, director of athletics. "But our commitment to academic success, earning a UTA degree, and being fully prepared for the next phase of life is a top priority for our athletics program."

The 2016-17 season was extremely successful overall: Not only did more than half of UTA's student-athletes earn Sun Belt academic honors, but the athletics unit also finished just four points away from winning the Bubas Cup, the Sun Belt Conference's annual all-sports championship trophy—earning UTA a third-place finish out of all Sun Belt Conference teams.

UTA's 220 student-athletes concluded the spring semester with a 3.1 cumulative grade-point average, marking the fourth-straight year UTA's athletes have averaged over a 3.0.

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