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Cal's Cats excel in classroom

   John Calipari

The University of Kentucky women's soccer team defeated Vanderbilt 6-1 Friday at the UK Soccer Complex in Lexington, Ky., to advance to next week's SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala. Photo by Chet White

John Calipari's Wildcats brought home the eigth national title in school history. They were also able to get the job done in the classroom with a combined GPA of 3.12.

"All these kids are good kids," Calipari told a blog on UKAthletics.com. "We had a 3.12 GPA as a team with five players who are leaving early, so this stuff bitter old men say that they don't go to class, it's not true."

For the second consecutive semester, UK student-athletes narrowly fell short of the 3.0 department-wide grade point average set forth by Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. All UK student-athletes combined for 2.97 GPA and the GPA for scholarship athletes was a slightly higher 2.98 GPA. The average team GPA for the spring semester was 3.07.

"I am very proud of the effort our student-athletes logged in the classroom this semester," Barnhart said. "We fell just shy of our GPA goal and will work tirelessly to reach it, but I am happy with the academic culture we have fostered at UK. I appreciate everything our student-athletes, coaches and support staff have done to make that happen."

Among all teams, women's tennis had the highest GPA at 3.55, while men's cross country had the highest GPA among men's teams at 3.29. Of UK's 20 Division I teams, 12 had a GPA of over 3.0, including the championship-winning men's basketball, rifle and men's tennis teams.


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