Apr 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino during a press conference before the Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Basketball Wins Academic Award

Academic achievements by sports teams are something that most coaches strive for, yet goes unnoticed.  Thankfully, people like Coach Rick Pitino are committed to making sure that his players are going the extra mile not only on the court, but also in the classroom.

Today, Louisville gained recognition for the academic excellence of their basketball players by receiving an award from the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches).  The award is presented to teams who have a total GPA of 3.0 or higher, and was given to 96 schools across all three NCAA divisions and both NAIA divisions.

Louisville’s GPA was more than enough to earn the award, having a 3.41 GPA in the fall, and a 3.18 GPA in the spring, giving them a cumulative GPA of 3.30.

The University of Kentucky also made the list.  The two Kentucky schools were two of only six in BCS conferences to earn the honor, along with Texas, Texas Tech, Stanford, and Utah.  I wonder if Gordon Gee still wouldn’t want the two Kentucky schools in the Big Ten because of their lack of “like-minded academic integrity.”

The full list of recipients is found here.

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