Oct. 7, 2013
Three University of Tennessee student-athletes were among those honored with Academic Excellence Awards during the annual 1A FAR meeting in Dallas, Texas, Sept. 23-24. The 1A FAR is an organization of faculty athletics representatives from NCAA Division I FBS institutions, and seeks to advocate for effective interaction and academic and fiscal balance between the institution's academic mission and its intercollegiate athletics program.
The trio of Big Orange student-athletes recognized for academic achievement includes two representatives from the Tennessee volleyball program, as well as one representative from UT's men's swimming and diving program. All three have completed their degree requirements.
Academic Excellence Award recipients must have graduated during the past academic year (2012-13) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.80, and they must have participated in at least two years of intercollegiate athletics at an FBS institution in a sport sponsored by an FBS conference.
Tennessee has now produced 16 1A FAR Academic Excellence Award recipients in the past three years, as six student-athletes were honored at last year's event, and seven in the award's inaugural event one year prior.
The faculty athletics representative is a designation created and mandated by the NCAA. FARs must be members of an institution's faculty and may not hold an administrative or coaching position in the athletics department. Duties vary by institution, but typically a FAR serves as a liaison to the athletics department. The 1A FAR is an advocate for the appropriate balance and effective interaction between an institution's academic mission and its intercollegiate athletics program.
All FARs who serve at NCAA Division IA institutions are members of 1A FAR.