Rodgers & McCoy graduate with honours

Published Monday, 30 June 2014
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and champion jockey AP McCoy have been honoured by the University of Ulster, picking up degrees at graduation ceremonies in Coleraine.

It comes after Carnlough man Rodgers guided his team to their best league finish in years, narrowly missing out on top flight football's most sought-after title and qualifying for the Champions League.

He described his graduation as a "huge honour" and a humbling experience.

While the subject of Luis Suarez and his latest controversy was firmly off the table, the Liverpool boss was happy to talk about his thoughts on the season ahead.

But he was staying tight-lipped on the specifics when it comes to new signings.

"Ooh, I'm not going to tell you," he grinned, when quizzed by reporters on who might be making an appearance at Anfield.

"I would love to be able to tell you, but ... We've still got a few more signings to make to ensure that we have the squad strength to cope."

To be here today, I was never going to miss the opportunity.

Brendan Rodgers, LFC

Meanwhile, Moneyglass's McCoy continues to pick up big race wins, having reached his 4,000-victory milestone late last year.

The pair were both been awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees on Monday, for their outstanding contribution to sport.

"Receiving this recognition in my home county is a genuine pleasure and privilege," McCoy said.

"I have been blessed with a successful career in a sport, but it has taken hard work, constant training and dedication - attributes that are as relevant to those graduating in engineering, nursing or business, as they are to professional sportspeople like me.

"I wish all 2014 graduates every success, wherever your knowledge, talent and ambition may take you in the future."

A total of 14 personalities from the worlds of sport, arts, business and public service are to be honoured by the university during this summer's graduation ceremonies.

They also include Ulster and Ireland rugby player Tommy Bowe, actress Roma Downey, and Apprentice star Nick Hewer.

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P in Belfast wrote (209 days ago):
Am I the only one that does not think it appropriate that just because you have been successful at playing a sport that you are then given a degree by a University? I see that Tommy Bowe has now been given an honourary science degree! What a joke.
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