Sun Belt sets new high for academic honors

New Orleans (Sun Belt) - For the fourth consecutive year Sun Belt Conference student-athletes topped the previous year's record number of Commissioner's List and Academic Honor Roll awards winners, the league office announced Wednesday.

1,710 Sun Belt student-athletes earned a GPA over 3.0 for the previous school year and were named to either the Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll or Sun Belt Commissioner's List.

Sun Belt schools combined to have 795 student-athletes land on the Commissioner's List, which honors all student-athletes recording a 3.5 GPA or better during the 2009-10 academic year. The league also had a total of 915 student-athletes named to the Academic Honor Roll, which is awarded to those maintaining a 3.0-3.49 GPA.

The total of 1,710 student-athletes that were honored tops the previous highs of 1,700 set during the 2008-09 school year, 1,503 for the 2007-08 school year and 1,429 for the 2006-07 school year.