UK athletes surpass 3.0 GPA for third straight semester

December 27, 2013 

Mitch Barnhart, University of Kentucky Director of Athletics, spoke as UK unveiled the final plans for the redesign of Commonwealth Stadium during an afternoon news conference held in the Nutter Field House on the UK campus in Lexington, Ky., Monday, November, 25, 2013. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and other state, local, and university officials were on hand for the plan unveiling. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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The University of Kentucky's scholarship athletes combined to post a 3.088 grade-point average for the fall semester, the third consecutive semester the GPA has surpassed 3.0.

The 3.088 GPA is the average for all 20 UK men's and women's teams.

The 3.088 GPA is the second-highest mark during Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart's time at UK, trailing only the spring semester of 2013.

"Reaching a 3.0 GPA as a department is now expected, but that doesn't make it any less of an accomplishment," Barnhart said in a news release Friday.

"I am proud of the way our student-athletes have sustained their success in the classroom and even prouder of the way they have embraced academics as an important part of the UK experience."

Sixteen of UK's 20 teams had GPAs of 3.0 or better, led by women's tennis at 3.727. Tennis also posted the best GPA among men's teams at 3.443.

Of the 12 teams that competed in regular-season play during the fall, 10 had GPAs of better than 3.0. That includes the men's basketball team at 3.038, marking the fourth straight semester in which John Calipari's program has had a GPA better than 3.0.

Coach Mark Stoops' first UK football team came in at 2.465.

Coach Matthew Mitchell's women's basketball team, which posted a 2.65 last spring, brought its team GPA up to 3.152.

"Thanks to the work of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, I believe we are moving in the right direction in all facets of our program," Barnhart said. "We are coming off our first top-25 Directors' Cup finish ever last year and we are still out to prove strong athletics and academics can go together."

UK's sport-by-sport grade-point averages for the fall semester, showing GPAs of scholarship athletes only and of all athletes combined:

Sport Schol. All

Women's tennis 3.727 3.743

Softball 3.608 3.564

Women's x-country3.608 3.430

Women's swimming3.533 3.514

Gymnastics 3.488 3.525

Men's tennis 3.443 3.443

Men's golf 3.360 3.360

Women's soccer 3.322 3.322

Women's golf 3.310 3.310

Baseball 3.249 3.108

Rifle 3.222 3.110

Women's track 3.167 3.154

Women's basketball3.152 3.152

Men's x-country 3.094 3.096

Men's soccer 3.068 3.230

Men's basketball 3.038 2.977

Volleyball 2.958 3.059

Men's swimming 2.967 3.011

Men's track 2.785 2.881

Football 2.465 2.488

Men's sports 2.890 2.903

Women's sports 3.364 3.358

Overall 3.088 3.066

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