Tuesday, June 19, 2007

KU athletes set record for grades: 3.02 GPA

Football squad sets its own mark with 2.69 GPA


KU sports teams enjoy excellent Spring academic semester

The Spring academic semester was a good one for University of Kansas sports teams with 61% of players making the AD Honor Roll.

A total of 247 student-athletes, representing 61 percent of Kansas University student-athletes, earned spots on the Athletics Directors' Honor Roll with grade-point averages of 3.0 or better during the spring semester, KU officials announced Monday.

In all, 36 achieved perfect 4.0 GPAs.

The student-athletes combined for a 3.02 GPA, a KU athletics record, led by women's golf (3.44), volleyball (3.40) and rowing, which set a team record with a 3.33. Nine squads sported GPAs higher than 3.0, with tennis (3.25), swimming and diving (3.21), soccer (3.23), women's track and field (3.17), softball (3.14) and men's golf (3.10) joining women's golf, volleyball and rowing. Football also set its all-time record with a 2.69 GPA.KU men's basketball had a 2.73 GPA and women's basketball 2.87.

Beginning with the spring 2007 term, the KU spirit squad has been added to the honor roll. The squad earned a cumulative GPA of 3.08, and 36 members were named to the honor roll, including six members who earned a 4.0.


frompekka2sasha 12 years, 11 months ago

Congratulations, Jayhawk Athletes! You made the fanbase very proud.

bmcmich1 12 years, 11 months ago

First of all, I think it's safe to say that times have changed a bit over the last 116 years.

Plus, the two biggest sports, football and basketball, require hours upon hours in both the gym and on the practice field, not to mention community and media obligations on top. I don't know what kind of super scholars some people expect those guys to be, but a C is considered average and 2.73 is certainly above average. Considering all the extracurricular things these athletes have to take care of, THAT AIN'T BAD. Sheesh, give these guys a freakin break. Congrats to all the athletes--contrary to what some may say, it's still a pretty tough task and admirable accomplishment to get a college degree; no matter what GPA you had.

Roadkill_Rob 12 years, 11 months ago

JayhawkPhil and jhwkfan1625,

You two are an embarrassment.

These guys spend numerous hours on and off the court so you can sit on your a$$ and watch them compete on an elite stage. Show some respect or don't call yourselves Jayhawk fans.

JBurtin 12 years, 11 months ago

What did JayhawkPhil do wrong? He just said it was something to be proud of. I don't think he meant it with any sarcasm, he was just happy.

As for jhwkfan1625, I completely agree that the guy is way out of line for looking for something negative where nothing negative exists. The academic bar is raising for Jayhawk athletics and that is nothing but positive. Even if you're not happy with some of the teams, there's one sure fire way to put pressure on them and that is to publicly compare them to other KU athletes.

Keep up the good work teams, you make us proud.!

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