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So much for Thug U...

23I know the brawl with FIU was ugly, shameful and just flat out wrong. But for all the negative press The U got over it, I wonder if ESPN or other media websites will run today's story about UM leading the ACC with the most student athletes on the All-Academic Team. What do you think? I doubt it too.

Here's the gist of the news sent our way this afternoon...

The Hurricanes honored were: G Andrew Bain, OT Jason Fox, TE Greg Olsen, PK Jon Peattie, S Kenny Phillips, LB Darryl Sharpton, WR Sam Shields, and C Anthony Wollschlager.

The eight selections topped Boston College and Duke, which had six each, and Florida State, which had four. Every ACC school had at least one member. To be eligible, a player must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the fall semester or have maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. Peattie has been selected three straight years.

"I guess we're not a football factory anymore. We're an academic factory now," said head coach Randy Shannon. "You have to give a lot of credit to our academic staff. This university and football program attract a lot of great student-athletes that will be successful in life, and we are proud of that."

Got to love Randy's quote. But it also says a lot about how The U has changed. There's no doubt president Donna Shalala has raised the standards and that while obviously has made the students work harder, it also has hurt recruiting and the type of kids UM can recruit. There were a lot of kids who told me throughout the recruiting process they liked Miami, but they only had the test scores and academic averages to get into Rutgers, North Carolina, etc. You get the point.

Now, where do you stand? Do you like the fact UM has raised its academic standards? Or do you feel the standards are too high and eventually hurt recruiting?