Passing mark: Cats post better than a 3.0 GPA yet again

Another semester, another passing grade for John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats.

For the fifth time in the last six semesters, UK posted better than a 3.0 team grade-point average. Kentucky’s competing scholarship players posted a 3.038 cumulative GPA during the 2013 fall semester, according to figures released by the university on Friday. The team’s GPA for all competing scholarship and non-scholarship student-athletes was a 2.977.

“Late holiday present for our parents and #BBN as our team finished with a grade-point average of over a 3.0 for the fall semester,” Coach Cal said Thursday when he first learned of the news. “Our guys have not just been putting in time on the court but they have also been working hard in the classroom.”

Just last spring, the Cats posted a 3.4 team GPA, the highest mark in Calipari’s tenure at Kentucky.

The latest team GPA is just another example of Kentucky’s academic success, what Coach Cal calls “the untold story at Kentucky.”

All 10 players who have been eligible to graduate by the end of their senior years under Calipari have graduated from Kentucky. Former players Wayne Turner and Marquis Estill have also come back to school and received their diplomas, raising the total number of graduates to 12 under Coach Cal’s watch.

Over the summer, the team got word that it once again met and exceeded the standards of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, which measures academic eligibility and retention of student-athletes, with a four-year composite score of 963, well above the NCAA minimum needed to maintain postseason eligibility.

The Kentucky players work closely with academic counselor Michael Stone and the rest of the staff at the Center for Academic and Tutorial Services to make sure they meet and exceed their academic requirements.

Kentucky posted a 3.066 cumulative fall GPA for competing scholarship student-athletes across all 22 sports.

“Reaching a 3.0 GPA as a department has become expected, but that doesn’t make it any less of an accomplishment,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “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.”