uk logo 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (12/28/13) - UK Athletics made steady progress toward Mitch Barnhart's goal of a 3.0 department-wide grade-point average in his first nine years, but only once did Wildcat student-athletes reach the mark.

Two years later, what was once a rare feat has become the norm.

For the third consecutive semester, UK Athletics posted a cumulative GPA better than 3.0. UK's competing scholarship student-athletes combined for a fall 2013 GPA of 3.088. It is the second-highest mark of the Barnhart era, trailing only the spring semester of 2013. UK began its streak of three consecutive semesters with a GPA of better than 3.0 with a 3.030 in fall 2012.

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

Sixteen of UK's 20 teams had GPAs of 3.0 or better, led by women's tennis at 3.727. Women's cross country (3.608), softball (3.608) and women's swimming and diving (3.533) joined women's tennis in exceeding 3.5. Leading all Wildcat men's teams was men's tennis 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.

"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."

SurfKY News
Information provided by UK Athletics

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Owensboro's Back Alley Musicals Staging 'Fiddler on the Roof'

OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/4/15) — Back Alley Musicals will stage Fiddler on the Roof featuring a very talented cast of 56 local… Read More

Public Meeting to Discuss Alternatives for Road Improvements Set for Tuesday

OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/4/15) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has scheduled a public information meeting to discuss… Read More
1 DOW 17,730.11
-27.80 (-0.16%)    
2 S&P 2,076.78
-0.64 (-0.03%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,009.21
0.00 (0.00%)    

Most Read This Week

July 02, 2015 14625

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 6959

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 5278

UPDATE: Victim of Home Invasion/Homicide Died of…

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 4040

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 28, 2015 3651

'Curb Service’ at Local Eatery Ends with DUI…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 45355

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 14625

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 03, 2015 3074

KMA Reminds Motorist of New Kentucky Red Light Law

by David Holt
July 03, 2015 1131

Planning Commission Approves Re-zoning…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 1044

County Clerk Warns of Telephone Scam in Hopkins…

by Keenan Cloern
July 03, 2015 959

UPDATE - Suspicious Package under Investigation

by SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 918

States Where Motorcycles Can Run Red Lights…

by Michelle Megna
July 04, 2015 778

Happenings and Meetings – Hopkins County

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 04, 2015 773

Heavy Rains Flood Streets Around Town

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 617

Pet of the Day

by Natalie Ostrander
July 03, 2015 479

Beechmont All Stars Defeat Auburn All Stars 10-2

by Mike Groves, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 478

Central City All Stars Top Bremen All Stars 8-5

by Mike Groves, SurfKY News