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Mizzou, Vandy, USC programs recognized for exemplary work in classroom

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.

NEWS: #Mizzou Football Recognized by AFCA for Academic Achievement https://t.co/gyzcfuLLjp #MizzouMade pic.twitter.com/ts87RaWTrO

— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) December 8, 2015

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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.