Rice Tennis - New Stadium

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  1. atatu

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    Yep, nice donation from alumni. It might be good, if there are enough courts and available time for the regular students to play on. It may actually be reducing the number of available courts on campus. (There used to be 19 including the tennis stadium)

    Rice is historically one of the top 5 or so tennis programs in the U.S., so it is a shame what has happened to the men's team lately. I hope it will be a catalyst for better teams.
     
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    It's been a while though since they've had any sort of national impact.

    It doesn't help that there conference situation isn't great. But, this commitment to tennis might push them back to a higher level. Great school in a big city, year-round warm (or hot) weather. Seems like they could be Top 20 at least.

    Also, seems like this could be a possible NCAA site.
     
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    Well the problem Rice has is that they actually expect their players to be good students. You don't see Harvard or Princeton in the top 10 either....Stanford is even having trouble lately.
     
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    this myth never dies.
     
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    Yea, so does Vandy, Duke, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Drake, blah, blahblah, blahalbah.....
     
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    I guess UVA is the only school I can think of that is top notch academically and has a great tennis team.
     
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    Yea those other top notch academic schools just aren't very good cause of all that homework stuff.
     
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    I'm flattered, but Duke is top 10, Stanford was top 10 until this year, Vanderbilt made the NCAA final more recently than Rice has been a factor. Illinois is no slouch academically and has won a title. The Georgia Tech women have been top notch despite academic difficulties in recruiting.
     
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    UCLA is a pretty good academic school as is Cal.
     
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    True, and I should have included USC.
     
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    Tulane and SMU have pretty stellar academic history. TCU ?

    All have decent teams or been near the top in the past. But all that studying just boggs down these tennis programs. I've never seen anything like it.
     
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    A couple of things

    1. Some players, even at elite academic schools, don't necessarily pursue a rigorous course of study. It really varies. Though, obviously, even a basic course of study at some schools is going to be harder than at some other schools.

    2. There are a lot of schools that are not elite "name" schools, but nonetheless a student-athlete can, if they are so inclined, pursue a rigorous, excellent education.
     
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    I agree completely. Having said that, let's look at the top ranked schools and how they stack up in the US New and World Report University Rankings (acknowledging that these ranking may be flawed, biased, etc.)

    1. UCLA - ranked #24 by USN (tied with USC and UVA)
    2. UVA - ranked #24
    3. Georgia - ranked #63
    4. Ohio State - #56
    5. USC- ranked #24
    6. Tennessee - ranked #101
    7. Mississippi - ranked #151
    8. Kentucky - ranked #125
    9. Duke- ranked #8
    10. Pepperdine - ranked #54

    other schools, Vanderbilt ranked 16/17, Cal ranked 18/21, Harvard ranked 21/1, Tulsa ranked 25/83.
     
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    The key is to always look at the team's GPA and how many individual academic all americans it has. The overall academic rating of the school means little.
     

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