South Carolina athletes had their best semester ever in the fall.
The school released its teams’ grade-point-average Thursday and the overall mark of 3.146 was its highest. The football team was last, but finished with its highest average GPA at 2.779.
“I think you always want to strive to be the best you can. No doubt we want it to get higher,” said associate athletics director for academics Raymond Harrison. “It’s positive (now). It really is. We want to make sure we continue to do the right things and push these student-athletes.”
The women’s golf team had the highest average GPA at 3.568. Women’s swimming and diving (3.512) and women’s tennis (3.497) were next.
Tennis led all men’s teams with a GPA of 3.437. Men’s basketball (2.782) and baseball (2.845) were among the bottom three at the school along with football.
Thirteen of the school’s 17 teams had a GPA of 3.0 or better. Fifty-two athletes had a 4.0 GPA and 174 made the dean’s list. More than half of the Gamecock athletes finished the fall with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The Gamecocks administration gives each athlete five rules to follow in their academic lives, Harrison said. They are: go to class prepared, get to know the professor, turn in work on time, be respectful to teachers and classmates, and utilize the resources available to them.
“We hold them to those things,” Harrison said, “and we continue to reinforce them through the whole semester.”
|Women's Swimming and Diving||3.512|
|Women's Track and Field/Cross Country||3.331|
|Men's Track and Field||3.091|
|Men's Swimming and Diving||3.045|