Calipari’s Kentucky Squad Good at Basketball, Crappy at Academics

Kentucky News - April 01, 2010

Kentucky coach John Calipari had quite the interesting first season at the helm of the Wildcats basketball team. Calipari led John Wall et al. to the Elite Eight, despite his team’s overwhelming youth and inexperience. He got his very own signature Mustang and bottle of whiskey, and now he can add one more thing to his list of accomplishments.

Of all the athletic teams at the University of Kentucky, no team had a lower cumulative GPA than Calipari’s squad. In fact, Kentucky’s basketball team scored their lowest GPA since the 2002 season.

High-fives all around!

How bad was UK’s GPA? Think low, then take off a point or two and you’re almost there. For the fall semester, their cumulative GPA was a meager 2.025, easily the worst amongst the nine SEC teams that released their GPA’s to the public.

Yeah, that’s pretty pathetic, but it couldn’t get worse, right? Right?

Well, let’s compare UK’s 2.025 to some of the other big-time NCAA programs…

  • Duke 3.01
  • Kansas 2.95
  • Louisville 3.0

The school would not identify the UK player’s individual GPA’s, only that their scores ranged from 3.59 to a paltry 1.667.

So, who’s to blame then? In December, Calipari touted that superfrosh John Wall had all A’s and B’s for the fall semester, and the school itself has said that the three seniors (Ramon Harris, Perry Stevenson and Mark Krebs) on the team, as well as Patrick Patterson, were on course for spring graduation. That leaves Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins and Daniel Orton among those whose poor academic performance helped bring down the team’s cumulative GPA to laughable levels. Or maybe it’s Calipari’s fault for not stressing academics enough to his team, but to be fair, Memphis did graduate 19 of its 22 players on Coach Cal’s watch.

One thing’s for sure–expect Louisville fans to take it up a notch when it comes to their rivalry with Kentucky fans now that they have this little golden nugget in their pockets.



About the author: Jeff Greenwell


Jeff Greenwell is the writer/editor of Last Angry Fan. Jeff has been known to rock a Speedo while belting out Robert Goulet tunes from his front porch, and in his spare time he enjoys capturing and training feral goats to be his minions. Also known to dig a nice brick of cheese from time to time.



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