Some disappointing news to start the week, as a source close to the situation tells me that Daniel Orton did not complete his classes at UK in the last semester. As soon as the season ended, Orton left town and went to California and contrary to his statements made at the time, I am told he did not finish his classes. The other Freshmen that left for the Draft (Wall, Cousins and Bledsoe), team members returning next year and the graduating Seniors all completed their classes and it is expected that the collective GPAs of those will all be significantly better than during first semester. However Orton did not complete classes and thus the actual number might not improve.
The question then remains as to whether Orton’s decision not to finish classes will have any other effect. I am told that the team’s APR is suspected to be good enough that the Cats wont lose a scholarship for next season. However the numbers will be hurt by Orton’s decision and there will be “no room for error by anyone going forward” according to the source.
A disappointing decision by Orton, especially considering his earlier comments. I like Daniel as a person and he is a very bright kid. But there were parts of his time at Kentucky that he handled poorly, not least of all his exit from campus.