“We’re known as an academic university. It’s a place for smart kids. And when you add the success of soccer, now it’s cool to be a student-athlete.”
That's from H. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; AKA UMBC.
I graduated from UMBC in 1991. I like to think I went to an academic University. But every story I ever see about UMBC's current successes has a line similar to this:
"Once a sleepy commuter school near BWI Airport..."
I fear 'Once' was 1991.