Tennessee student-athletes with back-to-back semesters above 3.0 GPA

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones celebrates with Athletic Director Dave Hart after Tennessee beat South Carolina 23-21 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones celebrates with Athletic Director Dave Hart after Tennessee beat South Carolina 23-21 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee student-athletes pushed the department-wide grade-point average past the 3.0 mark in the fall semester for the first time since GPA records started being kept, the university said Monday.

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The overall GPA of 3.02 for the semester that ended in December was a slight increase from the 2.97 score registered in Fall 2012.

The Vols also scored a 3.05 GPA in the spring semester of 2013, giving the department back-to-back 3.0 marks for the first time in history.

“We have a desire to produce championship-caliber performances, both in the classroom and in the competitive arena, and these accomplishments are something the entire University can take great pride in,” said senior associate athletic director Joe Scogin in a release.

Tennessee’s football and men’s basketball teams occupied the two bottom spots in the GPA standings, but both teams showed improvement from past fall semesters.

The football team’s 2.64 GPA was a 6-percent increase over Fall 2012 and a 27-percent increase over Fall 2011.

The score was 6 percent lower than the 2.8 GPA in the 2013 spring semester, but football historically has higher GPAs in the spring than in the fall.

The men’s basketball team’s GPA of 2.51 grew 5 percent from Fall 2012.

Women’s tennis moved past three teams to take first place with a 3.54 GPA in the fall. The only squad with a larger gain was the women’s basketball team, which climbed from 2.84 to 3.05, a 7.4-percent increase.

The only team with a significant decline from Fall 2012 was the softball team, which dropped from 3.42 to 3.22 and fell from second to sixth place among all UT sports.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.

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bricker865#1439238 writes:

Super job!!

gc_scvol writes:

Good job STUDENT athletes.

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