Originally Posted by Diogenes
Curious as to what paramaters you're using that brings you to the certainty of this conclusion.
The debatable part would be the overall athletic dept as reflected by the Director's Cup. They do well there. Event though UofM's football program has been a long time joke, they are actually pretty decent overall in sports.
Academics--I'm not sure I've ever seen them rated in the top half of the ACC overall. Duke, UVa, UNC, Wake Forest, Ga Tech,..... not easy to do. Even just taking the simple US News ratings, they tend to be near the very bottom in that conference. I supect they end up ahead of Florida St and NC State. That may be it, but I'm not sure though. They have some strong individual programs so its not anythng personal. hey compared to the SEC, they would rule.
I do know they're getting some great funds for research lately. So that's good news if they make proper use of the funds.