Hot Links: Tommy Poynter makes Rudy Award list

SMU senior offensive lineman Tommy PoynterSenior offensive lineman Tommy Poynter (left) is a candidate for the 2008 College Football Rudy Award, as announced Dec. 10 by The Rudy Foundation charitable organization. The award honors student-athletes who “demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment” as members of their collegiate football teams. Read more.

Sophomore Silje Fjortoft and senior Jessa Simmons were named to Conference USA’s Cross Country All-Academic Team Dec. 10. Nominees for the All-Academic team must earn a 3.2 cumulative G.P.A. or better. Fjortoft and Simmons, both students in Dedman College, earned second-team honors. Read more.

Senior midfielder Jeff Harwell has been named third-team All-Midwest Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Harwell had 8 points in his senior season on a goal and 6 assists. His 6 assists tied him with teammate Gabe Arredondo for the second-highest total among all players in Conference USA. Read more.

SMU, CBS College Sports Network and Metro Sports Texas have reached an agreement to televise a total of 16 SMU men’s basketball games for the 2008-09 season on Time-Warner Cable in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Waco, Austin and San Antonio markets. In addition, 4 games will be televised on CBS College Sports Network. Read more.