Four Big 12 schools receive academic award

Four Big 12 schools were honored by the American Football Coaches Association for graduating 75 percent of their football student-athletes in 2009.

Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State were among the 41 teams named by the AFCA.

Notre Dame and Miami will share the AFCA's Academic Achievement Award for having a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman football class of 2002. It was Notre Dame's eighth citation from the AFCA and the first for Miami.

The winners were determined by the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate.

Nine schools graduated 90 percent of their football student-athletes, including Alabama, Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Navy, Northwestern, Penn State, Rice and Southern Mississippi.

Along with the Big 12 schools, others to reach the 75 percent mark included Air Force, Army, Central Florida, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Marshall, Memphis, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Rutgers, South Florida, Stanford, Syracuse, TCU, Troy, Tulane, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington and West Virginia.

The conference breakdown for schools that were honored included the Big Ten and Conference USA with six schools; the Atlantic Coast and Big East conferences with five; Independents, Southeastern and the Mountain West with three schools apiece; two each from the Mid-American and Pacific-10 conferences and one from the Sun Belt and the Western Athletic conferences.