We all know Kentucky had an excellent year going 35-3 (14-2). There is something much more important where they failed to succeed, though.
As we know, all these players are collegiate athletes. So, they have to not only perform on the court but also off the court. They have a duty to represent their colleges, and the Kentucky basketball players did a disappointing job of that this year.
When the fall semester grades came out, their grades were the worst of all 20 Kentucky athletic teams. To make the situation even glimmer, the grades were the worst of any UK men's basketball team since spring 2002.
"I was disappointed," UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said.
"It's not something we're happy with, I'll tell you that," said Sandy Bell, UK's senior associate athletic director and the person in charge of student services. "And we'll be working on it to get it up. We certainly anticipate that going up in the spring semester."
Calipari and UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart declined to comment on the matter for "privacy concerns."
Yet, that doesn't make sense, because the GPA average of Kentucky—2.025—is well below the college average of 3.1.
To some, this is not a major issue. To some, this is completely unacceptable.
To me, it's not the biggest deal in the world. But Calipari needs to meet his expectations and make sure these players perform off the court—not just on it.
Hopefully this is just a one-time thing, because I know the University of Kentucky is going through a lot of embarrassment with this situation, and this is not what college basketball is supposed to be.
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