Jan. 12, 2001
Clemson, SC–Clemson University student-athletes posted a 2.79 GPA in the classroom for the first semester, the highest average on record. Additionally, 251 student-athletes, managers and trainers achieved honor roll status, the highest total on record. Statistics were released by the student-athlete enrichment staff at Vickery Hall Staff on Friday.
The 2.79 GPA for the student-athletes was just .03 off the figure for the Clemson student body overall (2.82).
Five different teams earned their highest fall semester GPA on record, including the Clemson football team, which had a 2.46 team GPA. That 2.46 figure was the second highest on record for any semester, second only to the 2.49 posted by Tommy Bowden’s team in the spring semester of last year.
The Clemson football team had 41 players earn at least a 3.0 for the first semester, the highest total on record. Among the players who were on the list were first-team Academic All-Americans Kyle Young and Chad Carson. Clemson was the only Division I program in the nation to have two first-team Academic All-Americans in 2000. Seven starters this past season, Young, Carson, Justin Watts, Will Merritt, John McDermott, Jackie Robinson and Braxton K. Williams, made the academic honor roll.
Other sports programs with their highest fall semester on record were the golf team (3.19), women’s track team (3.09), women’s soccer squad (3.05) and men’s soccer team (2.96). In fact, the figures posted by the golf team, women’s track and womens soccer teams were the highest for any semester.
It was an especially outstanding year for the women’s teams at Clemson. The six Clemson women’s programs had an overall GPA of 3.00, above the 2.97 for all women in the student body. Five of the six programs had a GPa of 3.0 or better, led by the women’s tennis team’s 3.18.
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