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UK releases Fall Semester GPAs

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The University of Kentucky released the Fall Semester GPAs of its student-athletes on Friday and the Cats came up just shy of the 3.0 goal set before the semester. The average for all UK student-athletes in the fall was 2.932, and 2.979 for student-athletes on scholarship. The basketball team posted a 2.7.

“A 2.7 is pretty good,” Calipari said about his team’s GPA. “We had a couple of guys that dropped the ball a little bit or it would have been about a 2.9. They’re taking care of business. That doesn’t mean they don’t have to do some catch-up and they don’t have to get after it, but we’ve got kids that are trying to do the right things.”

“I think only twice in 100 years did they ever have a term here that was over a 3.0 — twice in 100 years,” he said. (via

A look at all of the university’s teams:

(via UK Athletics)

Article written by Drew Franklin

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46 Comments for UK releases Fall Semester GPAs

  1. Cats are Gr8
    7:39 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t see how Tipton can complain…its higher than the Mens soccer team with a 2.59 yikes.

  2. Flippy23
    7:43 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I think we can safely assume the walk-ons have a requirement to be above a 3.5 GPA to be considered…..

  3. Flippy?
    7:46 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Can we assume this? On what basis?

  4. just wait
    8:02 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    football scholars … misnomer … 2.35, and they don’t even win

  5. C-A-T-S Cats Cats Cats
    8:07 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    We need some chicks on the bball team. All the highest GPAs are women’s sports (tennis, cross country, track). Big difference between men’s track and women’s track.

  6. cayts
    8:10 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    4-joker’s team not getting it done on the field & just barely in the classroom. would like to see where fball GPA stands against SEC this year & former UK fball teams

  7. big tim
    8:13 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    jut seen on twitter derek willis is saying fri where he going

  8. Wow!
    8:15 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    7) Just seen? I bet you had a nice GPA.

  9. Bbn
    8:24 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Ok i’ll say it…. A 2.57 is not really good at all for the Scholarship players. Thats c’s and b’d and most of these are freshmen meaning they are taking the easiest/ most ridiculous classes possible. Just sayin’. I dont really care either way

  10. Bbn
    8:26 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    And wow, we have some real scholars on the football squad. Keep hitting those books guys

  11. Teacher
    8:26 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    The GPA for the basketball players will be much lower for the spring. You can count on it.

  12. UKFootball
    8:28 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I be’s on da football team. Da koaches be sayin we no need know book lernin.

  13. gcat4496
    8:31 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    What do you want, 4.00 GPAs in a pre med programs with players that compete for Natl Titles. Not even Harvard can produce that with teams that can make the NCAA tourney.

  14. Mr Schwump
    8:33 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    That’s all well and good but I go to ballgames to watch them play ball, not to watch them take English tests.

  15. UKFootballPlaya
    8:33 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    13) Thank you. We be readin and ritin all da time. Koach done tolded me I’s will be able to read on a 5th grade levil befo I leaves here.

  16. ohiofan
    8:36 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    12. Thanks for reinforcing the stereotype that Kantucky is full of racists.

  17. Chick
    8:52 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    The women are doing much better than the men, but of course the men will go on to make more money in life.

  18. Calipari'sInYourEar
    8:53 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    How many of you that are commenting have college degrees and what were your GPA’s?

    So much judgment here. B and C students are making passing grades and it is acceptable according to the NCAA.

    The only thing that is of note is the non scholarship Male Soccer and Swimmers/Divers have a lower GPA than the scholarship athletes.

    Other than that it’s all mashed potatoes.

    #16 – ohiofan – Why give what #12 said power? He’s isolated himself.

  19. SeoulCat
    8:55 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    “A 2.7 is pretty good”

    What?! In the age in which kids can sleepwalk through classes to a 3.0, in an age in which the only requisite for being on the honor roll or dean’s list is a body temperature roughly somewhere in the 90’s, a 2.7 GPA is good? God, standards aren’t what they used to be.

  20. Ich Neisse Neil
    9:00 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares? As long as they are doing well enough to not get put on probation I could care less if they are smart enough to wipe their own ass. But only if they can ball.

  21. Chick
    9:05 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    how bout those UK Cheerleaders winning their 19th National Championship tonight. 19th!!!!!!!!!

  22. Blake griffin
    9:09 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Between oct. & march, they barely have time to go to class. Kiss my a$$.

  23. BlueHaze
    9:12 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    The sutpidity and ignorance of some of these post does NOT amaze me. Typical of 12 year old kids and trolls.

  24. catfan
    9:13 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I graduated from UK and if was hard enough to get a decent GPA not playing some sport. Just sayin!

  25. DitchMitch
    9:14 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Well, since it’s obvious the football team isn’t busy studying, why do they suck so badly on the field?

    9:19 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    When is it coming out?

  27. Bubba Earl
    9:25 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Did UCONN beat us?

  28. scholar
    9:29 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    19 – The 2.7 by the student athletes really isn’t that bad. check out click on Kentucky and you’ll discover that average GPA for UK students as a whole is under 3.0 in the two years with data. The student athletes have a lot more going on than the average student. Of course there are other variable that should allow for the teams to get higher grades (e.g. course selection), but it’s not embarrassingly low.

  29. The Cheese
    9:42 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Chics that run are smart. Red flag if you are hoping to score.

  30. realjoemathis
    9:46 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    well our football team is full of morons

  31. Boogie
    9:49 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    This ain’t no spellin’ bee.

  32. GoCats2010
    9:52 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    They spend hours and hours and hours NOT on school work. To get better than a 2.0 (straight c’s) is impressive. It’s easy to see a number less than 3.0 and judge, it’s not easy to ball so hard, *muhpeople* wanna fine me

  33. Cwill
    9:53 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    My sister is on the tennis team, I’m glad their 3.5,

  34. Nancy Pelosi has 4 eyebrows
    9:53 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    How about those cheerleaders?!

    GO CATS!!

  35. Jon Lock
    10:09 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    It’s crazy just how many of you commenters played college athletics at the highest level (the SEC) while balancing a full time class schedule, thus enabling you to say that our athletes grades aren’t up to snuff.

  36. Student
    10:12 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Earthquakes and Volcanoes is the key to an A. It’s pretty much already required for athletes.

  37. NJCat...
    10:19 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Pretty amazing how much better the women do in every sport. The guys are obviously more into video games and goofing than studying, ’cause the women put in just as much time in their sports. Men… step it up!!!

  38. Goose givens
    10:45 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #37, not the women’s bball team.

  39. old_school
    11:25 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    2.57 for scholarship basketball players.
    Now – on most teams, you’ll have a couple of really good students on the team. Could be a guy like Darius Miller, or Gilchrist, Davis or Kyle W pulling down a 3.something. If that’s the case, then there are a few that are periously close to getting below the 2.0 line.

    Cal will pat his guys on the back for this – but seriously – these guys have all the tutoring they need – they’re given extra time for projects and assignments because of their b-ball schedule and as one poster mentioned earlier – most of them are taking very simple courses.

    I’m not going to say I expect better – and as long as they are passing there’s not a lot anyone can say – but it will be kind of sickening to hear Cal hype of these very pedestrian numbers as though he’s got a team full of academic overacheivers.

    It doesn’t matter to Cal – this is a players’ first program – not a students’ first one. Cal is just happy they remain eligible. They’re hear to get to the next level and further Cal’s reputation as a star-builder.

    calipari – the master Exploiter.

    It’s a shame because many of these kids might flame out in the pro’s – and they’ll have little education to fall back on.

  40. tom9698
    11:39 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    39}.. It’s HERE not HEAR. You are one pathetic old fart.

  41. Moe
    1:08 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    36.) Dinosaurs and Disasters is where it’s at

  42. J
    1:11 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    The fact that scholarship athletes have a higher GPA than walk-ons boggles my mind.

  43. UKMathCat
    8:41 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    To the person (or persons) posting comments along the line of “What was your GPA in college? Did you play sports? Who are you to talk?”

    My GPA was very good, but this is nonwithstanding. I received a math degree, but over the course of my 4 years opted to take some pretty easy classes to fulfill my general requirements. If you are only taking 100 level classes (which, as most of our freshmen and sophomores are still “undergraduate studies” majors, they probably are), you basically get at least a B by showing up to class and turning in literally anything on all of the assignments.

    I know some of the CATS tutors and (I won’t name names) one of the players actually required tutoring for UK 101. Not because he was unintelligent, but because he was that lazy. The class would have once weekly assignments to write about a double-spaced page on, say, the resources in the library, and it was like pulling teeth to get him to do it.

    I don’t expect all of our athletes to be getting pre-med degrees and Rhodes scholarships, and I know that college athletes do work extremely hard at their sports. But if you cannot put in the effort to make a B in a 100 level class at UK, that is inexcusable. Our players are students for the (sometimes brief) time that they are on campus, and making below a B in some of these freshman level classes, with all of the tutoring resources that UK provides, is a lack of effort, plain and simple.

  44. bung
    8:48 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    who is the “they” coach refers to?

  45. Jack
    10:05 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Polson have an off semester???

  46. what's scholarship have to do with it?
    10:14 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Why are some of you “amazed or boggled” because non-scholarship athletes have lower gpa’s than scholly players?

    Don’t you realize that non-scholly players have to practice and show up for the games too?

    I know two people that were walk-ons at D1 sports. And they worked just as hard as the scholly players.