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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.

By Josh Barr  | January 7, 2009; 1:04 PM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Tavon Austin  
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Don't know about the rest of the Big East, but this came from the WVU website:
WVU has an impressive record of Rhodes Scholars with 25 students having been selected over the years. President David C. Hardesty Jr. was awarded the scholarship in 1967 becoming the institution's 16th Rhodes Scholar. Carolyn G. Conner was the last student to receive the award in 1995. WVU now ranks sixth among public state institutions in the number of Rhodes Scholar recipients.

Posted by: adub81 | January 7, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

last 3 Rhodes Scholars from WVU were PacMan Jones, Chris Henry and our own Pat Lazear.

Posted by: cr10 | January 7, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...if you're trying to make a joke there (I like the funny stuff, too) maybe you should have changed "Rhodes" to something else--then it might have been funny.

Posted by: Kellyinbalto | January 7, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't the paid "writer" (Mr. Barr) put in at least 5 minutes of research to check the facts before writing a not so slightly veield and inaccuraate jab at WVU?

Posted by: sportsjunkie29 | January 7, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, Mr. Barr, why wouldn't you check this stat?

Leaving it up to the readers is just plain lazy.

Posted by: CBT2 | January 8, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

WVU gets a bad rep because it has marginal admission standards... In reality though what do admission standards have to do with the quality of education you get at an institution (which is why US News rankings, based largely on admission criteria, are so flawed)....

The mission of WVU is to SERVE the State of West Virginia. Many students in West Virginia secondary schools have to become the 3rd or 4th income in their families as soon as they are physically able (and legally able) to work (given current poverty levels in W.Va). This means they might be highly intelligent but only able to earn say a 2.5 gpa in high school. Therefore WVU has a largely "open" admissions policy when it comes to W.Va. residents....

How does a UVA or UMD SERVE their respective states when they exclude thousands and thousands of residents from those institutions?? and again how do admission standards have anything to do with the quality of education you may receive at an institution....

I think the fact that Charles Vest (former MIT President) was a WVU grad, John Chambers current CEO of CISCO systems is a WVU grad and the facts noted above about our numbers of Rhodes, Truman and Goldwater Scholars speak for themselves!!!

Posted by: wvmouser2 | January 8, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Why would we expect JB to do his homework. We've been reading his shoddy reporting since he covered "your own Pat Lazear." BTW... We're proud to call Pat Lazear ours now!

Posted by: WVpride | January 8, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I am extremely happy that Tavon Austin chose West Virginia.

Maryland will finish with a 2-10 record in 2009.

Jelani Jenkins will look great in a Florida Gator uniform.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | January 8, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

@hclark1

When as in if you ever grow up, you will come to understand that what goes around comes around. Shame on you!

Posted by: Terptwin | January 8, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

How many Rhodes Scholars have come from the WVU football program?

By doing his "homework", did that mean someone told him that fact on a visit?

Posted by: 42Fan | January 10, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Dan Williams, 1978 QB & Rhodes Scholar.

Posted by: capsfan77 | January 10, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I guarantee you that Austin did not say that. The quote was made up by some PR guy and then attributed to Austin. Austin most likely didn't know a Rhodes from a Road.

Posted by: MKadyman | January 11, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

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