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UT's John Curtiss Earns Elite 89 Award
June 16, 2014
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Texas sophomore reliever John Curtiss received the Elite 89 Award Friday night at the College World Series opening ceremonies for having the highest cumulative GPA of any student-athlete on the eight teams in Omaha. (You can read more about Curtiss here.)

The Elite 89 Award, created in 2009-2010, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships."

Curtiss, also a first team Capital One Academic All-American, has a 3.85 cumulative GPA while double majoring in History and English. He will graduate this coming August, prior to his senior year.

The right-hander has been a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll every semester, and is also the recipient of the Lorene L. Rogers Scholar-Athlete Award presented to the graduating male and female student-athlete with the highest overall GPA.

In helping Texas reach the CWS for a record 35th time, Curtiss had a 2.06 ERA, nine saves, 28 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .199. Last weekend, he was drafted in the sixth round (170 overall) of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

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