I believe it was Frederick Douglass (or potentially Michael Douglas) who said, “its not where you are, but what you have overcome.” Even if it wasnt, we can all take some solace in the fact that the GPAs of the UK sports teams have all improved. According to a press release from the University, the overall Athletic Department GPA for the Spring Semester was a 3.05, the highest of the Mitch Barnhart era. In addition, the football team had a marked jump in their studies as their team GPA went from a 2.35 to a 2.66. That is a huge improvement, but also an indicator of the general flow of football GPAs, since their second semester is much less hectic than the first, where they you know…play games against the best competition in America.
And what about our basketball team you say? Well the basketball team improved from the fall with a small jump. In the fall, the team had a 2.05 GPA, which wasnt good and there was a jump. According to Coach Calipari’s blog on Coachcal.com, the team GPA was a 2.18 this past semester and most of the players improved individually (Cal also stated that he is taking some time to be with his mother who has cancer and we certainly wish her the best from all of us at KSR). But we also now know that Daniel Orton didnt finish his classes, which would likely drag the GPA down in any event, so the improvement is probably even greater than it seems. But hey, any improvement is better than what we had, so we will take it.
So there you go Cat fans…your players are doing better in schoolwork. They have moved from “Drew Franklin level GPAs” to “Bryan the Intern level GPAs”. Maybe not a huge jump, but slow and steady wins the race.