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Clemson Academic Report for Fall Semester 2011

Feb. 15, 2012

CLEMSON, SC – Eight Clemson athletic teams, including the men’s basketball program for the first time on record, scored at least a 3.0 in the first semester according to academic data released by the University’s Office of Institutional Research.

Overall, 51 percent of the student-athletes made the academic honor roll, including 106 who made the Dean’s List and 40 who were on the President’s List. A total of 225 were on the academic honor roll. It was the first time eight different teams had at least a 3.0 since the Spring of 2007.

The GPA for all student-athletes combined was a 2.94, the second best on record and the best fall semester in history. The 2.97 recorded for the Spring of 2009 is the only semester that is higher.

“We are once again very pleased with this report,” said Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips. “Becky Bowman and the staff at Vickery Hall are to be commended because we are seeing consistent excellence in this area and it carries over to the APR and graduation rate reports.

“The performance of our men’s basketball team was particularly noteworthy and I commend Coach Brad Brownell and his student-athletes.

The women’s swimming team posted a 3.55 team GPA to lead all of Clemson’s programs, the third straight semester with at least a 3.5 team GPA for Coach Chris Ip’s team. It was also the 25th straight semester with at least a 3.0, an all-time record for any sport at Clemson.

The women’s cross country team was close behind with a 3.46 team GPA for the first semester. Other women’s sports with at least a 3.0 were the rowing program (3.23) and the women’s soccer program (3.07). It was the 23rd straight semester with at least a 3.0 for the women’s soccer program. The rowing team had the most student-athletes on the academic honor roll with 53.

The women’s track program, ranked second in the nation in the latest poll, had 19 student-athletes on the academic honor roll, including All-Americans Kim Ruck, Alyssa Kulik and April Sinkler.

Leading the men’s sports was the basketball team. The program had a 3.13 team GPA for the first semester as nine of the 12 squad members had at least a 3.0. This broke the previous record for team GPA by a Clemson basketball team. The previous best was a 2.96 GPA in the fall semester of 1983 under Bill Foster. The nine team members on the academic honor roll were also a school record.

All four of the seniors (Bryan Narcisse, Catalin Baciu, Tanner Smith and Andre Young) made the academic honor roll, including Baciu and Smith, who made the Dean’s List. Freshmen T.J. Sapp (Dean’s List), Devin Coleman and Bernard Sullivan, all made the academic honor roll as well.

Clemson’s top 20 men’s golf team also had a strong fall in the classroom with a 3.09 GPA, the best for the program in 11 years and the fourth best on record. Freshmen Hayden Garrett and Stephen Behr had perfect 4.0 semesters, while classmate Billy Kennerly also had at least a 3.0. Crawford Reeves made the academic honor roll for the fifth straight semester as well.

The men’s tennis team and the cross country squads also made at least a 3.0 for the fall. The baseball team had a strong 2.94 team GPA and had 19 student-athletes on the academic honor roll.

Clemson’s football team posted a 2.49 team GPA as 27 student-athletes made the academic honor roll. The list of academic honor roll members included Dalton Freeman and Dawson Zimmerman, who both had perfect 4.0.

Other starters on the academic honor roll were first-team All-ACC quarterback Tajh Boyd, second-team kicker Chandler Catanzaro, linebacker Corico Hawkins, and Coty Sensabaugh.

Team GPAs by Sport, Fall 2011
Baseball 2.94
Basketball, Men 3.13
Basketball, Women 2.72
Cross Country, Men 3.11
Cross Country, Women 3.46
Football 2.49
Golf 3.09
Rowing 3.23
Soccer, Men 2.92
Soccer, Women 3.07
Swimming & Diving, Men 2.92
Swimming & Diving, Women 3.55
Tennis, Men 3.01
Tennis, Women 2.74
Track & Field, Men 2.54
Track & Field, Women 2.64
Volleyball 2.99

Complete Honor Roll List by Sport, Fall 2011

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