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The
Scholar­Baller™
Paradigm

 At
Arizona
State
University
(ASU),
the
football
student‐athletes
are
being
challenged
 to
tap
into
the
same
competitive
fire
that
makes
them
great
athletes
and
bring
this
 to
their
endeavors
as
students
through
the
Scholar‐Baller™
concept.


 In
the
urban
vernacular,
a
“baller”
is
an
individual
who
excels
in
a
given
activity.
 Within
the
ASU
football
culture,
the
term
“Scholar‐Baller”
refers
to
someone
who
 competes
at
a
high
level
and
is
successful
in
the
classroom
with
a
3.0
GPA
or
above.
 The
implementation
of
the
Scholar
Baller
program
at
ASU
has
been
a
collaborative
 effort
between
Dr.
C.
Keith
Harrison,
Director
of
the
Paul
Robeson
Research
Center
 for
Academic
and
Athletic
Prowess,
Jean
Boyd,
Associate
Athletics
Director
for
 Student‐Athlete
Development,
and
the
ASU
football
coaching
staff.
The
Scholar‐ Baller™
paradigm
teaches
that
performing
well
in
school
and
earning
a
bachelor’s
 degree
are
victories
that
last
a
lifetime.
 •

Student‐athletes
are
challenged
to
be
Scholar‐Ballers
and
are
rewarded
for
 their
academic
success
in
some
of
the
following
ways:



Scholar‐Baller™
Awards
at
Camp
Tontozona
each
year
(T‐shirts,
backpacks,
 etc.)
recognizing
3.0
and
above
student‐athletes;



Scholar‐Baller™
Dinner;



A
patch
on
the
front
of
each
Scholar‐Baller’s
game
jersey
(ASU
is
the
first
 Division
I
school
in
the
country
to
acknowledge
football
student‐athlete
 academic
success
on
its
jerseys).



Since
Coach
Koetter
and
his
staff’s
arrival
to
ASU,
Jean
Boyd’s
appointment
as
 Academic
Coach
for
football
and
implementation
of
the
Scholar‐Baller™
concept,
 ASU
Football
has
experienced
significant
improvement
in
the
academic
performance
 of
the
entire
football
team:
 •

ASU
had
an
all‐time
high
of
41
student‐athletes
earn
Scholar‐Baller™
 recognition
for
the
2004‐05
academic
year.



The
Sun
Devils
had
a
68
percent
graduation
rate
in
2005.



The
cumulative
GPAs
for
the
ASU
football
teams
have
risen
substantially
over
 the
past
five
years.



Only
two
out
of
96
football
student‐athletes
recruited
by
Coach
Koetter’s
 staff
in
the
past
four
years
have
been
declared
academically
ineligible.




While
winning
on
the
football
field
is
most
closely
scrutinized
and
is
absolutely
 necessary
to
be
successful
as
a
Pac‐10
Conference,
Division
I
football
program,
 preparing
young
men
for
life
is
just
as
important
in
the
broader
scheme
of
society.

 Promoting
the
Scholar‐Baller™
image
does
just
that;
prepares
ASU
football
student‐ athletes
for
the
greatest
competition
of
all:

LIFE!



The Scholar Baller® Paradigm