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Memphis Athletics Has Strong Spring Semester In The Classroom


May 23, 2014

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. –Last week, University of Memphis athletics received a positive report from the NCAA on its Academic Progress Rates (APR), with all teams earning scores of 940 or above and posting a department-wide 979 APR. Four programs – baseball, men’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s tennis – all earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for having APR scores in the top-10 percent of their respective sports.

This week, the good news from the classroom continues for Memphis athletics, as the University’s Center for Athletic Academic Services (CAAS) released its 2014 spring semester academic highlights.

Of the school’s 375 student-athletes, 56 percent earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for the 2014 spring semester, including 31 percent that earned a 3.5 or higher GPA and institutional Dean’s List honors. Memphis’ cumulative student-athlete GPA was 3.06, and the school’s freshman student-athlete GPA was 3.04.

Thirteen of the 17 programs had team GPAs of 3.0 or higher, with men’s golf posting the highest male team GPA at 3.61 and women’s tennis the highest female team GPA at 3.91. Fourteen of the 17 squads had 50 percent or more of their rosters earn a 3.0 GPA or higher.

The women’s tennis team’s 3.91 GPA was the highest for any athletics program in school history. In addition, all eight members of the Lady Tigers squad earned institutional Dean’s List honors with 3.5 or higher GPA. It is the first time in the school’s athletics history that an entire team earned Dean’s List distinction in a semester.

Other academic highlights from the 2014 spring semester were:

• Football – 2.71 GPA, highest for a semester in program history
• Men’s Golf – 3.61 GPA, highest for a semester in program history
• Women’s Basketball – 3.10 GPA, highest for a semester since 2005
• Men’s Golf/Rifle/Women’s Tennis – 100 percent of teams’ rosters earned Tiger 3.0 Club honors (3.0 or higher GPA)

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