Oct. 25, 2007
Putting the STUDENT in student-athlete...
We are so grateful for the focus and accomplishments of our student-athletes. The Butler tradition of "Academics First" continues. Congratulations to our coaches as well, for their successful recruiting efforts in bringing this talented group of Bulldogs to campus.
Graduation Success Rate
Did you see the outstanding numbers that our teams posted in the most recent academic report released by the NCAA? Butler led (or shared the lead) in the Horizon League in GSR for 10 of 13 sports (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track are counted as one sport). The Bulldogs had a 100% GSR for nine different sports, and every Butler sport exceeded the NCAA stated goal of 80%!
Grade Point Average
Our 261 returning student-athletes enter the 2007-08 school year with a cumulative 3.15 grade point average!
170 Butler student-athletes were named to Horizon League Commissioner's honor roll for their 3.25 g.p.a. in the spring or fall semester or cumulative!
Student-Athletes by Major
Great start on the fields and courts...
To date, each of our 6 fall sports teams have posted an improved record compared to one year ago. Football, Women's Cross Country, Men's Cross Country, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer and Volleyball are in the final weeks of their seasons and each has competed impressively. Stay tuned for some exciting finishes.
Wow! Our Bulldogs are making it tough to be a humble Butler fanatic!
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Jim McGrath (associate athletic director for communications) for receiving the All-American Football Foundation's Scoop Hudgins Outstanding SID award. The 200 collegiate members of the AAFF honor the nation's best sports information directors. Jim is a highly dedicated and professional member of Butler Athletics and has served the Bulldogs for 27 years. Congratulations Jim!!!
The official Butler athletics website saw a banner year in 06-07:
As the fall seasons wind down, I am reminded of a document that a coaching friend sent me a few years ago. I shared this with our teams and I'm confident that it provides a valuable lesson to all.
"THINGS I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN EARLIER AS A PLAYER..."
The Butler Way... demands commitment, denies selfishness, accepts reality, yet seeks constant improvement while promoting the good of the team above self.