Football Assistant Coach's Academic Gameplan to be Featured by Sports Illustrated

Dec. 6, 1999

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State associate head football coach John Baxter's Academic Gameplan program will be featured in the Nov. 8 edition of Sports Illustrated.

The revolutionary program developed by Baxter has been the major reason why the Bulldogs' football team has not lost one player to academic ineligibility in head coach Pat Hill's three years at Fresno State.

"Academics is extremely important to all of us on the coaching staff," Baxter said. "Each coach knows exactly how each of his players is doing and what they have coming up in their classes. We work as hard, if not harder, on developing these players' academic skills as we do their football skills."

The program, which Baxter developed and perfected over a 15-year period, has given the football program a reputation of academic excellence in the Western Athletic Conference. Players attend meetings at 7 a.m. every day to discuss upcoming events and what work they have completed in their classes. The program monitors classroom attendance, grades on assignments and tests and how the student-athlete is doing in their coursework.



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