More on Tavon/West Virginia
Here is more on yesterday's news that Dunbar-Baltimore star running back Tavon Austin has committed to play for West Virginia. Austin said the Mountaineers' small, shifty backs like Steve Slaton (and Noel Devine) played a large part in making his decision. But this might be the most interesting quote uttered by a recruit in some time (and I wonder if it really is true, if someone wants to check):
"I went to West Virginia, and I felt like I was part of the family. ... Besides, I thought I would play earlier at West Virginia. I did my homework, and West Virginia leads the Big East in Rhodes scholars. They graduate a lot of their players."
Update: Shame on me for poking fun at Tavon Austin alluding to West Virginia's proliferation of Rhodes Scholars being a reason for his college choice. Reader John Cormack with the research:
From the WVU web site (hard research) Twenty-five WVU students have received Rhodes Scholarships for study at Oxford; few public universities have produced more Rhodes Scholars than WVU.
WVU has had 30 Goldwater Scholars (America's premier science scholarship).
There have been 19 Truman Scholars from WVU, two Udall Scholarship winners (for undergraduates in areas related to the environment and Native American studies), and two British Marshall Scholars (for understanding of British culture).
WVU recently became the Federal Bureau of Investigation's lead academic partner in biometrics research. The FBI's Biometric Center of Excellence will rely on biometrics research being conducted at WVU, providing students with an academic opportunity that they will not find at any other institution in the United States.
WVU has been ranked among the most secure campuses in the United States by Reader's Digest. WVU was ranked 18th among 135 U.S. colleges and universities that participated in the 2008 survey, and earned an A for its strong commitment to safety, including the addition of a new Web-based text message alert system, improved lighting, student walking patrols, additional first responder training, and more.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has honored 16 WVU faculty as West Virginia Professors of the Year.
In 2006, the only student in America to win both a Truman and a Goldwater Scholarship was WVU student Rebecca McCauley.
WVU has contributed five members of USA Today's All-USA College Academic First Team.
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