MARSHALL, Texas -- As summer kicks into high gear, the race to win the most prestigious title in collegiate fishing gets underway each year. This year’s race for Cabela’s School of the Year, presented by Abu Garcia, promises to be the biggest and hardest one to win thanks in large part to a new points system designed to provide more point earning opportunities than ever before.
With two sanctioned events already completed so far in the 2017-2018 season of the Cabela’s School of the Year race, the Association of Collegiate Anglers has just released the first rankings of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing School of Year race. East Texas Baptist University is currently ranked fifth in the nation out of 108 qualified schools with 243 points. ETBU is the highest ranked Texas team with Lamar University being the closest in eighth place with 209 points.
With well over 40+ events remaining in this season’s race, it’s going to be an exciting ride to the end of the season for all the teams vying for the title, but also to end the season ranked in the top 20 in the nation. The 2017-2018 program will run from June 1, 2017 through May 25, 2018.
The current list of ACA School of the Year events includes major tournaments from the three national collegiate circuits: Association of Collegiate Anglers’ Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series™, Carhartt College B.A.S.S., and FLW College Fishing. Along with these circuits, individual schools may host ACA sanctioned events throughout the year based on good participation and discretion from the Association of Collegiate Anglers.
The ACA Cabela’s School of the Year program was the first program of its kind to rank collegiate bass fishing teams across all circuits and provide the first true national collegiate fishing rankings based on team performance on the water. The program illustrates the continued growth in collegiate bass fishing with expectations of over 350 school fishing teams competing this season.
Wade Middleton, Director of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series™ and President of CarecoTV, stated that, “The Cabela’s School of the Year program is something we’ve seen grow since we first formed the ACA and we’re proud of its growth. The media attention that this race gets is unprecedented in college fishing as it’s the only program that is settled on the water at major college fishing events all over the nation. Any team finishing in the top 25 in the nation has earned their spot there. The new points system for this year is really going to allow schools all over to make a run at the top rankings!”