San Antonio, TX – October 12, 2011 – Only one week after the first edition of the Association of Collegiate Anglers’ School of the Year Program announcement, the leaderboard has seen its first shakeup. The Bassin’ Buckeyes of Ohio State have dropped to the number two spot, while Big Ten rival Purdue University has overtaken the lead. The movement stems from Purdue’s recent success in the National Guard FLW Central Regional, which took place October 8-9. The Boilermaker Bass Club team of Charles Spicer and Chris Kaiser only brought one fish to the scales in a brutally tough competition, but that one fish was enough to secure a 14th place finish and seven points towards the ACA School of the Year program. In addition to the competition points earned by the Boilermakers, five bonus points were also earned for hosting the recent 2011 Big Ten Classic. With these additions, they’re now sitting on a seven point cushion over the Bassin’ Buckeyes, who competed in the Northern Regional earlier this season.
According to the ACA Program Director, Danny Blandford, “We expect to see a lot of movement in these rankings throughout the next couple of months with several teams competing in the upcoming FLW Regional events, as well as the Arkansas Tech Invitational. With that said, the Boilermakers should be proud of their time on top. They are coming off a solid showing at the Big Ten Classic, where they not only earned good points for competing, but also bonus points for hosting the event.” Purdue President, Louie Keller, added, “We’re excited to take an early lead in the program, but we know there is a lot of fishing left to do. The big points will be earned in 2012 when teams start competing in the BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Championship Series. For a team to take a comfortable lead, or actually win this program, they will have to do well in these big national tournaments. Our club is looking forward to competing in the 2012 events and working to stay in the race.”
The Association of Collegiate Anglers’ School of the Year program is the first of its kind, designed to rank collegiate fishing teams across leagues, to determine who the ultimate School of the Year is. The program recognizes collegiate clubs that compete in the BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series, along with Mercury College B.A.S.S. and the National Guard FLW Collegiate Fishing. Additional ACA-sanctioned events have also been selected as part of the program. The ACA will award points to each competing school, based on their finish in the event in relation to field size. In addition to competition points, teams can also earn points for participating in conservation projects submitted to the Berkley Conservation Institute Program through the ACA, as well as hosting their own events.
The winners of the 2012 ACA School of the Year program will receive a sponsor prize pack valued at over $7,000 and their own dedicated television highlights. An episode of Americana Outdoors, as well as features within the BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series, will be devoted to the 2012 program. Second place will receive $3,000 in merchandise courtesy of the Association of Collegiate Anglers’ sponsors, along with recognition within the programming, and the third place team will receive a package valued at $1,500 in merchandise, as well as recognition.