IRVING, Texas – A total of 121 student-athletes have been recognized with the 2021 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award – the Big 12 Conference’s highest academic honor.
The award is in its 11th year and has recognized a total of 901 conference student-athletes. Kansas led the way with 18 honorees, followed by Kansas State with 16 and Oklahoma State with 15. Baylor, Oklahoma and West Virginia each had 14 apiece, while Iowa State followed with nine winners, Texas Tech eight, Texas seven and TCU six.
The award is in memory of Lage, who served as the Oklahoma State faculty athletics representative with the NCAA and the Big Eight/Big 12 Conference from 1983 until his death in 2007. He was the chairman on three occasions (1985-86, 93-94 and 2003-04).
Lage had been a member of the Oklahoma State family since 1966, when he joined the College of Business Administration as an assistant professor. During his tenure at OSU, he served as the director of graduate studies in the department of economics (1974-77), head of the department of economics and finance (1978-84), director of the OSU Center for International Trade and Development (1985-87), and associate dean for research and graduate programs in the college of business administration (1997-2004).
In order to be eligible for the accolade, student-athletes must have lettered at least once in their career while maintaining residence at their institution for at least one academic year. The honoree, which can only be recognized once, should have 100 hours of earned credit with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.80 at the time of the nomination.
The Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award recipients’ names will be featured on the video board at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships, scheduled for March 10-13 at the T-Mobile Center and March 11-14 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.
Press Release Credit: Big 12 Sports
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