For the fourth consecutive semester, South Carolina placed the most athletes on the SEC’s academic honor roll, which the conference released Wednesday.
The news gets better: The conference — not the school — will spring for the plaques for Gamecocks’ 105 athletes who made the list in the spring.
USC’s women’s track team led the way with 23 team members on the honor roll, which requires a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
Shortstop Reese Havens, a first-round pick of the New York Mets, was one of 13 baseball players on the list, while 10 of the 12 members on the men’s golf team made it.
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“Any time we perform well I think we all have to be proud,” said Raymond Harrison, the academics director for the athletic department. “One thing we’ve done since I’ve been here is raise the bar as far as academic expectations and hold the student-athletes accountable.”
Georgia was second with 96 honorees.
Harrison, 34, who was at Louisville before arriving at USC in 2006, did not realize the Gamecocks topped the chart four consecutive times.
“That’s pretty danged good,” he said. “We want to compete and one of these days we’ll do it on both levels, I guess.”
But Harrison said there is room for improvement. The Gamecocks’ most visible sports — football and men’s basketball — were last in the SEC in the most recent APR report and needed waivers to avoid penalties.
Harrison said the school’s showing on the honor roll list would take “a little of the sting” out of the APR data.
“But I don’t want the sting to go away,” Harrison said, “because that’s our motivation.”
USC student-athletes making the list were:
-- Parker Bangs, So., Psychology
-- Jay Brown, Sr., Political Science
-- Michael Cisco, Jr., Retailing
-- Jordan Costner, Jr., Management/Marketing
-- James Darnell, Jr., Int’l. Business
-- Sam Dyson, So., Business
-- Kyle Enders, Jr., Accounting
-- Reese Havens, Jr., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- Harley Lail, Sr., Retailing
-- Tyler Musselwhite, Jr., Exercise Science
-- Craig Thomas, Jr., Biology
-- Brandon Todd, Jr., Retailing
-- Sean Wideberg, Sr., Sociology
-- Carly Babcock, So., Business Management
-- Amy Biffle, So., Biology
-- Katy Biffle, Sr., Political Science
-- Allison Bradley, Sr., Marketing & Real Estate
-- Stacy Cell, Jr., Marine Sciences
-- Michelle Grah, Sr., Marketing
-- Alex Haskell, So., Business
-- Eleanor Kunsman, So., Economics
-- Megan Massaro, So., Business
-- Courtney Reese, Sr., Psychology
-- Ashley Rohde, Sr., Real Estate
-- Rebekah Roof, Jr., Management
-- Rachel Stas, So., English
-- Kathryn Stenberg, So., Business
-- Sarah Stephens, Jr., Public Relations
-- Kristen Terebesi, Sr., Advertising
-- Lindsay Williams, Sr., Retail Management
-- Mark Anderson, Sr., Business
-- George Bryan IV, So., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- Patrick Cunning, Jr., Finance
-- Baker Elmore, Jr., Political Science
-- Allen Koon, Jr., Business
-- Bryan Miller, So., Int’l. Business
-- Patrick Rada, So., Business
-- Mark Silvers III, Jr., Finance
-- Warren Thomas, Sr., Finance
-- Paul Woodbury, So., Economics
-- Taylor Barrett, So., Business
-- Camila Mori, Sr., Retailing
-- Laura Raffo, Sr., Int’l. Business
-- Whitney Simons, Sr., Int’l. Business
-- Meredith Taylor, Jr., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- Blythe Worley, Sr., Management
-- Jessica Barnes, Sr., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- Sarah Conwell, So., Elementary Education
-- Cagney Davis, Jr., Finance
-- Melissa Hendon, Sr., Biology
-- Jessica Josker, Sr., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- Ashton Payne, Jr., Biology
-- Kate Pouliot, Sr., Exercise Science
-- Chrissy Schoonmaker, Grad., Journalism
-- Adele Voigt, Jr., Sport & Entertainmemt Mgmt.
-- Jacqueline Wetherbee, Jr., Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Mgmt.
-- Whitney Wierzbicki, Sr., Psychology
-- Pedro Campos, So., Business
-- Ivan Cressoni, So., Finance
-- Diego Cubas, So., Economics
-- Jaime Cuellar, Sr., Management
-- Thomas Stoddard, Sr., Management
-- Yevgeny Supeko, Sr., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- Joseph Veeder, Sr., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- David Wolff, So., Criminal Justice
-- Megan McGavock, Sr., Finance
-- Ana Marija Zubori, So., Int’l. Studies
Men’s Track and Field
-- Jason Cook, Sr., Sociology
-- Joseph Federl, So., Business
-- Jonathan Hancock, Jr., Criminal Justice
-- Jussi Heikkila, Grad., Human Resources
-- David Johannesmeyer, Sr., Biology
-- Kyle Logue, So., Biology
-- Nick Lytle, Sr., Management
-- Curt McGill, Jr., Exercise Science
-- Quentin Moore, So., Biology
-- Scott Pierce, So., Psychology
-- Derek Pressley, Sr., Sociology
-- Jason Richardson, Sr., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- Aaron Searles, So., Exercise Science
-- Michael Varner, So., Accounting
-- Michael Zajac, So., Accounting
Women’s Track and Field
-- Ronetta Alexander, Grad., Pharmacy
-- Amanda Barrett, So., Exercise Science
-- Kelsey Bristol, Jr., Exercise Science
-- Katarina Cap, So, Pharmacy
-- Rebecca Chain, Sr., Exercise Science
-- Kettiany Clarke, Jr., Biology
-- Danielle Franklin, Jr., Management
-- Casey Gale, Jr., Biology
-- Faraign Giles, Sr., Criminal Justice
-- Sallie Gurganus, So., Exercise Science
-- Brittney James, Jr., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- Aimee Kodat, So., Business
-- Lisa McKinney, So., Biology
-- Caadrian Norman, Jr., Biology
-- Anna Petrov, Jr., Early Childhood Education
-- Callie Rabun, Sr., Exercise Science
-- Laura Regensburg, Jr., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- Megan Robers, Jr., Int’l. Business
-- Alyse Shayer, Jr., Mathematics
-- Victoria Shobe, Jr., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- Terrilyn Stephens, Jr., Exercise Science
-- Elizabeth Todd, Jr., Sport & Entertainment Mgmt.
-- Rebecca Woods, Jr., Biology