High academic honors continue to pour in for University of Cincinnati student-athletes as a record 355 individual Bearcats were named American Athletic Conference All-Academic for the 2019-20 season and five teams in total collected AAC Team Academic Excellence Awards. The awards add to recent days in which four Bearcats were named their sport's respective AAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The team awards are presented to the program with the highest cumulative GPA in the league for each particular sport with the Bearcats securing five accolades for the second year in a row and tying the most the Department has collected in one academic year. The Bearcats garnered the second-most of any school in the league as Wichita State earned seven in total. All told, UC has now earned a total of 21 AAC Team Academic Excellence Awards since the 2013-14 academic campaign.

• Football earned the AAC honor for the fifth year in a row to join Memphis women's soccer (2013-14 thru 2017-18) and SMU men's swimming & diving (all seven years) as the only programs in AAC history to secure the team honor five times in a row.

• Women's basketball and women's golf both earned their first awards from the AAC with both also earning the first for the sport, men and women, at UC.

• Lacrosse, in its second year as a member of the AAC, also captured the award for the second year in a row.

• Tennis earned the award for the second year in a row and the third time overall after securing the honor for the 2014-15 academic year.

Individual success:

The number of individual Bearcats that held a 3.0 GPA or better and earned AAC All-Academic honors rose again this year as a record 355 were recognized by the league, up 35 honorees from last year.

In fact, with the increase, the Department has seen an increase in honorees in each of the three years and broke a record for the number of honorees for fifth time in the AAC era.

Local athletes honored include Jaevin Cumberland (Wilmington), men’s basketball; Austin Goolsby (Hillsboro), men’s track and field; and Jeremy Hayton (Hillsboro), men’s track and field.

Overall, Cincinnati led the way for AAC institutions as ECU (303) and UCF (302) were the other members to have more than 300 honorees recognized this year.
• 2019-20: 355 TOTAL (322 + 33 lacrosse) = +35
• 2018-19: 320 TOTAL (294 + 26 lacrosse) = +17
• 2017-18: 303 TOTAL (286 + 17 lacrosse) = +13
• 2016-17: 290 TOTAL (271 + 19 lacrosse) =   - 2
• 2015-16: 292 TOTAL (273 + 19 lacrosse) = +24
• 2014-15: 268 TOTAL (245 + 23 lacrosse) = +71
• 2013-14: 197 TOTAL (179 + 18 lacrosse)

For a complete list of individual honorees, go to: https://gobearcats.com/documents/2020/7/30//2019_20_AAC_AllAcademic_CIN.pdf?id=14911.

Cincinnati’s AAC All-Academic Team selections:

On campus, football led the way 72 individuals earn academic honors from the league while three other Bearcats squads boasted at least 30 selections, including women's track & field/cross country (36), lacrosse (33) and men's track & field/cross country (32).

Additionally, four other squads had 20 or more honorees, including women's soccer (29), baseball (28), women's swimming & diving (26) and men's swimming & diving (20). Two teams, including women's golf (7) and tennis (9), saw all members of their team earn academic honors from the conference.
Baseball: 28
Basketball, Men: 12
Basketball, Women: 13
Football: 72
Golf, Men: 8
Golf, Women: 7
Lacrosse: 33
Soccer, Men: 17
Soccer, Women: 29
Swimming & Diving, Men: 20
Swimming & Diving, Women: 26
Tennis: 9
Track & Field/Cross Country, Men: 32
Track & Field/Cross Country, Women: 36
Volleyball: 13.