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May 11, 2011 8:51 PM by Mary Jo Perino

Basketball Cats Post High Grades For Spring Semester

Let's hope Bob Knight is somewhere reading this. That's because John Calipari announced on his website Wednesday night the GPA of his team for the spring semester and the entire year, and they're both above a 3.0.

Knight made comments awhile back that Kentucky started five players in last year's NCAA tournament that did not go to class all spring. Cal certainly makes reference to that.

Here is what Cal wrote on www.coachcal.com on Wednesday.

We know that most of you probably don't have an overwhelming desire to learn the team's GPA from the Spring semester. Like many, you believe that a young man's grades are his business and his alone. Unfortunately, it has become customary for local media to request our team's GPA at the end of each term. Out of respect to our players and their families, I'd rather be the one that shares the "news" with you.

So it is with great pleasure that I can inform you our team's GPA for the Spring semester was a 3.14, making our team's overall GPA for the Fall and Spring terms a 3.015. I'm told that 9 of our guys finished the Spring semester with a 3.0 or better and I couldn't be prouder of not only our student-athletes, but also our dedicated C.A.T.S. Staff led by Mike Stone, Tad Kilburn and their team of tutors. Our guys not only attended class during the 2nd semester, they thrived while doing so.

It's one thing to make the type of run we made to the 2011 Final Four, it's quite another when you accomplish that AND watch these young men succeed in the classroom. That is the TRUE philosophy we have at UK and it's one that I won't allow anyone to disparage or slander.

I told you after last Spring's GPA was revealed that our improvement showed we were headed in the right direction. These outstanding results are another step on our constant path to have consistent success both on the court and in the classroom.

As I said last year, my job as a coach is to get young people from a wide background of academic experiences to change, to think differently, to grow academically and to develop a love of learning. The greatest example of that is John Wall's interest in returning this summer to campus to work on his degree. Our commitment to seeing these young men earn their diplomas is of utmost importance to me and the Athletic Department. That will always be the case as long as I am your head coach.

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