Kentucky Men's Basketball GPA Improves -- But to What?

Cat Scratches, the UK sports blog, has a new post with this headline (h/t John Clay tweet):

Department's team GPA highest of Barnhart era; men's basketball improves

The piece goes on to extol the success of the athletic department overall:

UK's 22 varsity sports averaged a cumulative department GPA of 3.04 in the spring for competing scholarship student-athletes, which includes fifth-year student-athletes. The mark achieves Barnhart's annual goal for the department to achieve a GPA of 3.0.

Impressive.  Wonderful.  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  But what about the men's basketball program?  Follow me past the jump to find out more.

Men's basketball famously had a 2.025 for the fall 2009 semester, which was widely derided both here and elsewhere for it's stunning lowness.  But have no fear, this semester's GPA for men's basketball was better:

Even with the time demands involved in an Elite Eight run and regular-season travel schedule, the men's basketball team did see improvement from the fall's 2.025 cumulative GPA, a step in the right direction considering five underclassmen declared for the 2010 NBA Draft. 

Yes, yes, but how much better?  The official blog post leaves us guessing.

But the intrepid Bret Dawson steps in via Twitter and fills in the official blank:

On a post on his website, John Calipari says men's basketball GPA for spring is 2.18, up from 2.025 in the fall.

Oh, well, I feel much better now.  2.18.  Smokin'.

To be fair, one thing we do know, although it is only implied in this article, is that Daniel Orton failed to complete his schoolwork for the spring semester of 2010.  A quick math exercise tells us that with Orton's goose egg, the rest of the guys would have had to average just over 2.35 for the cumulative to be 2.18.  That isn't great, but it isn't a horror like 2.025.

Orton's apparent abandonment of his responsibilities as a UK student and Wildcat teammate places Kentucky basketball in a very bad place with the APR, and although the article goes on to say that UK will suffer no APR-related penalties.  Still, the Wildcats cannot afford another early-defection drop out.

Consider us on double-secret probation.

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