Student-Athletes Once Again Strong in Classroom
BATON ROUGE — Student-athletes at LSU put together another impressive semester in the classroom as 54 percent of the student-athletes posted a 3.0 grade point average or better for the spring semester.
Freshman Khalilah Mitchell paced the women’s basketball team this past spring a perfect 4.0 GPA. Fellow freshman Hanna Beirnacka posted a 3.75 while junior Florence Williams earned consecutive 3.0. All three young ladies will be among the hundreds of student-athletes honored at the athletic department’s annual Academic Gala next spring.
For the semester, the women’s basketball team grade point average was a 2.75.
“Overall, I was pleased with our academic standing,” head coach Pokey Chatman said. “But if better is possible then good is not enough. I expect our team to achieve optimum success given the academic resources and support that are in place.”
Of the 410 student-athletes monitored by the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes during the spring, 218 had at least a 3.0 gpa with 30 of those posting a perfect grade point average of 4.0. In all, LSU had 98 of its student-athletes named to the Dean’s list for their respective college.
“The positive things that are taking place in the classroom with our student-athletes will have a tremendous impact on graduation rates down the line,” Dr. Roger Grooters, Executive Director of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes, said. “This type of success in the classroom is a tribute to the student-athletes, the LSU faculty and staff and the University administration. We are committed to academics and the results over the last two semesters are proof that our student-athletes have made getting an education a priority.
“I truly believe that we are building a culture here that puts a priority on performing well and having success in the classroom.”
LSU’s nationally-ranked men’s tennis team led the way in cumulative grade point average as the squad combined to post a 3.5 average. All 10 of LSU’s men’s tennis players had at least a 3.0 average.
“Obviously I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish in the classroom this season,” LSU men’s tennis coach Jeff Brown said. “For this team to combine for a 3.5 grade point average shows they have done a good job of balancing athletics and academics and that they are certainly preparing for the future.”
The women’s golf team, which placed second in the Southeastern Conference tournament, led all women’s teams on campus with a 3.34 average.
Eight of LSU’s teams had a combined average of 3.0 or better during spring. Other teams with a 3.0 or better during the spring include gymnastics with a 3.24, volleyball with a 3.18, women’s swimming and diving with a 3.12, women’s track and field with a 3.09, women’s soccer with a 3.08 and men’s golf with a 3.07.
The men’s basketball team, coming off its fourth post-season appearance under John Brady, posted a 2.93 grade point average. Among scholarship men’s basketball players only, the Tigers had a 3.06 average in the classroom with six of the team members having a 3.0 average or better.
LSU’s national champion football team bettered an impressive fall performance in the classroom with a combined grade point average of 2.76 during the spring. The Tiger football team had a combined average of 2.53 during the fall, a semester that saw three players earn a 4.0 with another 38 registering a 3.0 or better.
During the spring, the Tiger football team had four players record a 4.0 or better, which included NFL Draft picks Matt Mauck and Donnie Jones along with Rodney Reed and Rudy Niswanger. LSU wrapped up the spring semester with 50 players tallying at least a 3.0 grade point average with another 16 topping the 3.5 mark.
While 45 percent (50 of 110 players) of the LSU football team managed a 3.0 or better, only five percent (6 of 110) fell below a 2.0 average for the semester.