On Tuesday, Missouri was one of three SEC schools (along with Vanderbilt and South Carolina) lauded for graduating at least 90-percent of its student athletes since 2008.
Vanderbilt and Duke were singled-out as the winners of the AFCA Academic Achievement Award.
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Without question, former head coaches Steve Spurrier and Gary Pinkel, and current head coach Derek Mason prioritize academia within their squads.
We often lose sight of what the responsibilities of a student-athlete are. There's a reason the word "student" is listed ahead of "athlete" in the individual's description.
Missouri, Vanderbilt, and South Carolina have all demonstrated this premise at an extremely high level.