Vols football records 2.49 GPA in fall semester

Tennessee's student-athletes finished the fall with a 2.97 grade-point average, a slight improvement over the 2.94 posted in spring 2011, UT announced Monday.

Men's football finished the fall semester with a 2.49 grade-point average.

That's down from 2.71 in the spring semester but an improvement over the dismal 2.08 of the 2011 fall semester.

Football's cumulative GPA — the overall average for the entire squad — is 2.59, a minimal dip from 2.60 at the end of the spring semester.

Men's basketball recorded the lowest GPA of any team on campus in the fall, 2.39. That compares to 2.55 in the spring and 2.37 in fall 2011.

Women's basketball slipped to 2.84 in the fall, from 3.12 in the spring and 3.17 in fall 2011.

Every other women's sport was above 3.00 in the fall.

On the men's side, tennis, swimming and golf managed 3.00 or better for the fall.

Baseball's 2.83 average in the fall was an improvement over both semesters of the 2011-12 school year.

UT said 51 percent of its athletes finished the fall with a 3.00 GPA or better and that 22 athletes recorded a perfect 4.0.

The cumulative athlete GPA stands at 3.02.

Team GPA Information

Team Fall ’12 Cumulative GPA

Baseball 2.83 2.83

Basketball, Men 2.39 2.55

Basketball, Women 2.84 2.75

Football 2.49 2.59

Golf, Men 3.43 3.36

Golf, Women 3.40 3.38

Rowing 3.27 3.30

Soccer 3.19 3.18

Softball 3.42 3.35

Swimming, Men 3.00 3.03

Swimming, Women 3.35 3.24

Tennis, Men 3.18 3.33

Tennis, Women 3.35 3.52

Track and Field, Men 2.90 2.75

Track and Field, Women 3.07 3.05

Volleyball 3.30 3.45

Fall 2012 Graduates

Twenty-nine student-athletes at Tennessee fulfilled graduation requirements, including four who have completed graduate degrees. Here’s a list of the fall 2012 graduates:

Baseball: Davis Morgan, Communication Studies; Chris Pierce, Political Science

Men’s Golf: Garrick Porteous, Studio Art; Darren Renwick: Logistics

Women’s Golf: Nathalie Mansson, Sociology

Football: Corey Alexander, Political Science; Carson Anderson, Management; Willie Bohannon, Psychology; Steven Fowlkes, Sociology; David Martin, Sociology (RAC); Chip Rhome, Wildlife and Fisheries Science; Zach Rogers, Logistics; Marsalis Teague, Recreation/Sport Management; Dallas Thomas, Sociology; Prentiss Waggner, Sociology; Rod Wilks, Sociology

Rowing: Erika Lauderdale, Kinesiology

Softball: Melissa Brown, Kinesiology

Men’s Swimming and Diving: Jimmy Dabney, Master’s in Kinesiology; Ricky Henahan, Psychology

Women’s Swimming and Diving: Kirstyn Colonias, Psychology; Jenny Connolly, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Men’s Tennis: Boris Conkic, Sport Management (RAC)

Men’s Track and Field: Varick Tucker, Finance

Women’s Track and Field: Elizabeth Altizer, Biological Sciences; Sarah (Bowman) Brown, Master’s in Public Relations; Ally Colvin, Kinesiology; Liz Costello, Master’s in Environmental Engineering; Jená Murphy, Master’s in Kinesiology

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Comments » 43

born2ride writes:

Who cares about academics? Winning is the only thing important.

thevoice writes:

'Men's basketball recorded the lowest GPA of any team on campus in the fall, 2.39."

That certainly explains a lot.

jbc writes:

Are the two GPA's listed the last fall and previous spring GPA's?

UTBEATEMALL writes:

I'm sure football is affected by some individuals that are no longer associated with the team that reportedly had a 0.0 GPA for the fall.

MikeInTN writes:

Pat has to be upset that the Lady Vols GPA is below 3.0.

voloffaith writes:

in response to born2ride:

Who cares about academics? Winning is the only thing important.

Sarcasm abounds!!! Of course, I wouldn't expect football students to have their best classroom work during their sport's heavy season.

Rumblefish writes:

winning % is the only number us folks on here are concerned about.

oh wait...they're "student" athletes, right?

well...when is the last time 100,000+ people showed up (and paid $$) to see a college kid read defend his/her dissertation on the "socio-economic influences on mid-american bull farmers"???

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

At least the FB team isn't dead last, that honor goes to the bb..Not only are they terrible bb players, but they're stupid to boot..

DownTheField15 writes:

Dooley's and Sunseri's failures brought down the average for the entire team.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

winning % is the only number us folks on here are concerned about.

oh wait...they're "student" athletes, right?

well...when is the last time 100,000+ people showed up (and paid $$) to see a college kid read defend his/her dissertation on the "socio-economic influences on mid-american bull farmers"???

That would be alabama AFTER the bowl game...........

SevenT writes:

How do you get a 2.4 when you are taking PE and basket making?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to DownTheField15:

Dooley's and Sunseri's failures brought down the average for the entire team.

I disagree, they were obviously not studying game film so they had plenty of time to hit the books.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to SevenT:

How do you get a 2.4 when you are taking PE and basket making?

I'm shocked your GPA was that high..

GetEmVols writes:

So we are dumb and bad at football?

Orangeblood13 writes:

Academics ? What you talkin bout? Academics? Not a game but Academics? (In my best A. I. Voice)

cltvol writes:

this only means we've tightened up compliance...need to get better @ cheaten'

volfan2002 writes:

I wonder why we can't do better in bowling class and chair stacking seems we could get over 3.0 in these classes.

dvols writes:

that is better than what mine was.....

CoverOrange writes:

UTBB can't score on the court or on the test? Figures.

CoverOrange writes:

The football defense must have flunked their communications classes.

claiborneh writes:

Too bad only about 1% to 5% will have a pro career. An average 2.49 GPA is a waste of scholarships indicative of poor effort and too much time on the strip and playing XBox. Hope the grocery store needs bag boys.

voloffaith writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Was the line your parents used with you,"Have you seen junior's grades?" Even Van Halen knew you were achieving below your pay grade. Some folk just don't know when to quit...this time it isn't me. Chomper boy got a new tooth coming in and wanted to show it off. It is all ,how you say, academic.....

JDX47 writes:

Well, you won't have Tennessee to push around anymore.

dcap8424 writes:

Men's BB is the lowest GPA, but the football GPA is the headline? Also have no idea how these numbers compare to anything. Obviously 2's (C's) aren't good, but compared to other SEC schools these might be average.

MetroplexMojo writes:

Ohio State backup QB, Cardele Jones, sums it up best....

"Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS"

nashvol writes:

mr strange left out a crucial statistic- the overall student body GPA for the same periods. this is a valid standard for comparason within a given university.
a glaring data omission

voodoo101 writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

winning % is the only number us folks on here are concerned about.

oh wait...they're "student" athletes, right?

well...when is the last time 100,000+ people showed up (and paid $$) to see a college kid read defend his/her dissertation on the "socio-economic influences on mid-american bull farmers"???

Then let pro sports field (and pay for) the farm teams for wanna be athletes, and get universities back into the business of real education. It hardly seems necessary for pro athletes to have (or even pretend to have progress toward) college degrees.

samvol writes:

WOW!!! Gotta love UT fans. most of you must have been beat up and picked last.

IndyVolFan writes:

in response to nashvol:

mr strange left out a crucial statistic- the overall student body GPA for the same periods. this is a valid standard for comparason within a given university.
a glaring data omission

That would be contradictory to the efforts by this rag of a paper to be all things negative concerning the Vols. I thought it was noteworthy that only 3 of the 29 graduates had sports-related degrees. The remainder were what some would say were more 'legitimate' degrees.

I would also be interested to know how many students received the 0.00 for not attending class at all(i.e. the John Wall-type athlete).

mrvol2u writes:

in response to claiborneh:

Too bad only about 1% to 5% will have a pro career. An average 2.49 GPA is a waste of scholarships indicative of poor effort and too much time on the strip and playing XBox. Hope the grocery store needs bag boys.

What little you know. Do you have a degree? That is what most employers ask. A lot of jobs would hire ex-UT athletes with 2.49 GPA's over UT grads with 3.49, not fair, but true.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

Ohio State backup QB, Cardele Jones, sums it up best....

"Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS"

That kind of thinking is why he is a back up. But if he doesn't want an education he can go play semi pro and get paid for it. And then he will have the time to practice "You want fries with that?" for his future job. Or just go get a SNAP card and let the gov't take care of him.

voloffaith writes:

in response to budd#207344:

That kind of thinking is why he is a back up. But if he doesn't want an education he can go play semi pro and get paid for it. And then he will have the time to practice "You want fries with that?" for his future job. Or just go get a SNAP card and let the gov't take care of him.

Was he a Tressel(SP) or Meyer recruit?

cobragolfer writes:

Pitiful averages by the football and basketball teams... take away the grades that the teachers GAVE the players, and those averages would be even LOWER!!

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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About like passing out at an intersection while operating a car is a class at UF.

rtrchatt writes:

in response to born2ride:

Who cares about academics? Winning is the only thing important.

Do some research and look at the Alabama fb graduation rates. You obviously know next to nothing about successful people. Numbers do not lie..........

ashvol7 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Who cares about academics? Winning is the only thing important.

IDIOT!

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to voloffaith:

That would be alabama AFTER the bowl game...........

Interesting. Alabama's grades for athletes are higher, again. So, your sarcasm merely hits home.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

Interesting. Alabama's grades for athletes are higher, again. So, your sarcasm merely hits home.

that's only because picking up chicks at family reunions isn't a degree program at UT

johnlg00 writes:

Actually, these relatively low-sounding GPAs may well be evidence that the NCAA's recent emphasis on academic progress standards is working. Athletes may well be taking more "real" courses leading to actual degrees than they did in years past. If student transcripts show that athletes aren't making progress toward actually fulfilling degree requirements at a reasonable pace, it could cost the university athletic scholarships. This has actually happened lots of places already. The Vols' overall ranking is in the lower half of the SEC as a whole, and the conference's ranking compared to the others is also rather low. Looks like plenty of work ahead to sign athletes with better HS academic credentials and to mentor the ones already here more effectively. I know some of the "win at any cost" types aren't happy to hear this, but they are living in a fantasy world anyway if they think academics don't matter at a "sports school".

cloudodust writes:

Averages. It's a simple game of overall statistical mumbo-jumbo. Individuals make up these stats, some better than the average, some worse. Congrats to those receiving their degrees.

brokendownoldvol writes:

Thank goodness for Economic Geography at UT.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to brokendownoldvol:

Thank goodness for Economic Geography at UT.

Dr. Wild Bill Cherry?

VolzsFan writes:

Are they eligible? Yes

Are they on track to graduate? Yes

Is their GPA higher than the student body as a whole? Yes

Therefore, who gives a "poop"?

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