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For the second time in school history, Montana State University has captured the Big Sky Conference Presidents’ Cup.

The Bobcats, who last won the honor in 2004-05, won a tiebreaker with Weber State. The University of Montana, the 2010-11 winner, finished third.

The Presidents’ Cup reinforces the Big Sky’s dedication to the academic side of the student-athlete experience. Overall athletic success is combined with team grade point averages, graduation rates, and All-Conference performers with grade point averages of at least 3.0 to determine the winner.

Montana State is the third institution in the nine-year history of the award to win at least twice. Weber State has claimed three Presidents’ Cups, while Montana and Montana State have each won two. Eastern Washington and Northern Arizona have also won the award.

“The Presidents’ Cup is the ultimate reward for all-around excellence in the Big Sky Conference, and we’re thrilled to have won it during the 2011-12 academic year,” said Montana State Athletics Director Peter Fields. “It takes hundreds of people working hard and doing things the right way to earn this award, from student managers and facilities personnel to the athletic administration. But it comes down to the commitment of coaches and student-athletes. We have assembled a terrific group of coaches, and the great things accomplished by our student-athletes are an expression of everything this university stands for. We ask a lot from them, and this shows how hard they work.”

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