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UK players leave in good academic standing

In a meeting with the new UK athletics committee this morning, Sandy Bell announced that all five of Kentucky’s early NBA Draft entrants finished their coursework for the semester and completed all final exams. Of course, that’s not what the Calipari haters want to hear, but it happened. They’re good to go. Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague, and Terrence Jones all left in good academic standing with the university.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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48 Comments for UK players leave in good academic standing

  1. Dee
    1:01 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink


  2. Dee
    1:02 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink


  3. Jerry Tipton
    1:04 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll see about that…

  4. Dee
    1:08 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    3. NICE!!!

  5. Fat Ryan Lemod
    1:09 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Daniel Orton thinks this is stupid.

  6. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    1:09 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    lol look at how many incorrect answers are on that scantron

  7. Chris
    1:09 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Way to finish out guys….good luck in the NBA….come back often and thanks for setting good examples for future Cats!

  8. GBB
    1:11 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    We continue to be proud as @#&% of these guys.

  9. pioneer
    1:11 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I bet no national media member will be tooting our horn about this one! Only way this would get recognized is if TJ would have pulled a Daniel Orton and left. IF good things happen it is NEVER reported!

  10. Bob Knight
    1:18 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink


  11. Bucky Furgoo
    1:19 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Masterful by Calipari how he gets these guys to finish classes. May be his greatest accomplishment since he’s arrived.

  12. Gobble
    1:19 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    They were obviously taking classes at UNC.

  13. Bucky Furgoo
    1:20 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    ANyone know how many guys since he’s arrived haven’t left in good academic standing? Orton and ?

  14. 2KATS
    1:21 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    i have everything about scantrons

  15. catcrawler
    1:23 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    No surprise really, that’s what WINNERS do.#Responsibility

  16. Digger
    1:24 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Listen to ME !
    Listen to ME!
    go to class

  17. Kim
    1:28 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The Knicks are talking contract extension with Mike Woodson. I guess all the silly reporters and other coaches were wrong when they said Cal would leave.

  18. BNClay
    1:31 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    6. looks like at least 10 out of 24 incorrect. That might get you a B+ in Afro-American studies 343 with Prof. Nyang’oro at UNC.

  19. NJT
    1:34 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Does the NCAA make these soon to be millionaires, who obviously don’t value a college degree, pay back the wasted scholarship money once they go pro? These guys are making a mockery of the student athlete system.

  20. Daniel Orton
    1:35 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Crap. Can’t someone take a dump on the program like I did?

  21. enes
    1:40 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Great going guys. You have set a great example and should be proud. We are proud of you.

  22. Curius George
    1:40 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone know if these guys had online classes or if they actually attended classes? I ask because a UK-hater keeps telling me that one-and-done players online classes to finish the semester. I was curious if that was true or if people have seen them on campus going to classes.

  23. Slickrickwiththelittle....
    1:45 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Is this appropriate to be posting,,,just two days after Goober died?

  24. bluefan
    1:58 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    So many reasons to be proud of this team.
    Best wishes to kick butt in the NBA! We’ll be proudly watching.
    Go CATS!!!

    1:59 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink


  26. Beau
    2:01 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    22) does it matter? They did what was required by the university (not the basketball team) in order to leave the school in good academic standing. End of story.

  27. Owensboro CatFan
    2:08 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Great job guys! So do we have 1 more successfull academic year before the Daniel Orton mess goes away? Or is it 2 more years?

  28. ScanTron
    2:10 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    That picture suggests that they sucked it up through college… ScanTron marks the incorrect answers with the pink strip next to the bubbles… Just saying… 🙂

  29. BOOM
    2:15 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    It’s easy when you’re in college for a year and study _________ at a subpar university like Kentucky. Take a note from a great school, Indiana University, where our athletes are real students.

    Sandy didn’t say that they passed any classes, just completed coursework. UK players remind me of Shaq from Blue Chips.

  30. realist
    2:19 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    i bet those exams were terribly difficult too. Soc 101, ant 101, com 101, etc

  31. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    2:33 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    (27) two more seasons. the APR uses a four year cumulative “score”. Right now, our rolling APR is composed of the the final BCG season and the first three Cal seasons.

  32. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    2:34 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    (30) and how is that different than most college freshmen’s first year?

  33. Big Blue B-Rad
    2:39 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    You all do realize that the Scantron they are showing in that picture is likely not the same Scantron from a UK player’s test? Just wanted to make sure. Some of the posts about that Scantron were a bit concerning lol.

  34. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    2:58 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    (34) lol no shit, sherlock

  35. Ed combs
    3:41 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome they all passed communications and various other intro classes. The juxtaposition between this post and the previous one about UNC academics is quite hypocritical.

  36. Big Blue B-Rad
    4:14 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    36. As other posters have commented, the issue is not what classes were taken. The issue at UNC is that evidence has shown that some UNC players had grades changed. That hasn’t happened at UK, so no, not hypocritical at all. We just find it hilarious that this stuff has been happening at other schools, but not at UK. Yet, people automatically call UK a dirty program.

  37. BNClay
    4:15 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    34. Yes… many have pointed out that a picture of a failed scantron test probably wasn’t the best picture for a artical meant to promote the player academic achievment. Don’t think any have said “Dang that must have been Teague’s test.”

  38. Professor Plum
    4:32 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    College classes are college classes. I always enjoy looking at the majors of football players during bowl season. Clearly, Penn State has a “hotel management” degree (smh). Unless I see engineering or pre-med, all college courses are manageable – with some being easier than others. I took “football pharmacy” in college for an easy “A”. One of the topics was how to treat the symptoms of a hang over. I guessed “get up and start again” on the final and it was marked with a pink line on the scantron . . . I still think it’s a correct answer. God Bless our players and best of luck to them all.

  39. UK
    4:47 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    29 I was unaware that Watford and Zeller were premed as engineering majors. The classes are just as easy at Indiana, your players ate just not good enough to go pro. Our are and that’s why there’s a new banner hanging in Rupp.

  40. Rae
    5:06 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Other places talk about graduating, but their athletes graduate with nearly worthless degrees. I think Cal might be served to develop his own educational plan for guys he knows are going to the NBA fairly soon. They might not get that Bachelors in Topical Studies, but taking economics, finance and other life courses can help these guys not make bad decisions with their millions.

  41. UKblue
    5:11 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Absolutely, #40. IU fans are still sore from being sent home in the NCAA tourney by our superior basketball program. Hoosiers being angry and envious? What else is new? Pesky little gnats.

  42. Megan
    5:16 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    41 – Last year Slate did a study of the most common majors among players in the NCAA tournament: “Basketball players tend to choose majors that emphasize leadership, teamwork, and communication – basically, everything you’d need to successfully execute the flex offense. Business, or some variation thereof, is by far the most popular major. This makes sense – as the engines that drive the multibillion-dollar March Madness industry, they ought to learn how they fit in to the scheme, and how, exactly, they’re getting screwed.”

  43. UKblue
    5:31 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #19, such a hypocrite. Are you equally appalled with the white upper-class golfers or tennis players that leave school after one or two years to join the pro circuit? Of course you’re not. Are they making a mockery of the term student-athlete?
    I surmise you think that if offered a CEO position with their dream Fortune 500 company, a freshman business major should say, “No thanks, I value an education. I need to stay all four years”. See how ridiculous that is? Basketball is THEIR chosen profession. That’s why you go to college – so you can train, enabling yourself to get the best job and salary in your line of chosen work. Not just to get a piece of parchment.
    Besides, it’s the NBA’s rule – not John Calipari’s or UK’s.

  44. js
    6:11 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    44) Couldn’t agree with you more. Most people if they were in those kids shoes would do the same thing;they just won’t admit to it.

  45. Bwana
    6:44 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Tell Bobby “little man” Knight to shove that up his a__

  46. notjerrytipton
    8:17 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This is not good news for Kentucky because..

  47. JPhelps
    9:23 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This does not bode well for John Calipari and Kentucky…