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ACC gets good grades for academics

8/17/2010

With seven schools ranked among the top 50, the ACC was king of the BCS conferences in the annual U.S. News and World Report top schools list:

5. Stanford Cardinal

9. Duke Blue Devils

12. Northwestern Wildcats

T-17. Rice Owls

T-17. Vanderbilt Commodores

19. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

22. California Golden Bears

23. USC Trojans

T-25. UCLA Bruins

T-25. Virginia Cavaliers

T-25. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

29. Michigan Wolverines

30. North Carolina Tar Heels

31. Boston College Eagles

35. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

41. Washington Huskies

T-45. Texas Longhorns

T-45. Wisconsin Badgers

T-47. Illinois Fighting Illini

T-47. Miami Hurricanes

T-47. Penn State Nittany Lions

My colleague Bruce Feldman took a closer look at exactly how this relatesto each football program. Feldman writes that just because schools have strong academic reputations doesn't mean their coaches are selective.