South Carolina Football 2011: Football Team Improves in the Classroom

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 30:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks watches on against the Tennessee Volunteers during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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While South Carolina football has improved on the football field a great deal since the Lou Holtz and era, Spurrier has improved something else.  

It happens to be off the field. 

According to Spurrier, academically, South Carolina's football team had more players with a 3.0 GPA than any other team in the SEC with 30. 

The 2010 team also set a record for team GPA with a 2.72. 

While people may joke about South Carolina being a "community college" (much like we call Clemson a "cow college"), South Carolina has a great deal of academic pride.

They have one of the best business schools in the country (including the No. 1 ranked international business school), one of the best music programs in the south, an education department and program filled with top tier experts in the field, a great nursing school, and a fantastic engineering school. 

It ain't Harvard, but it is a solid place to go to school. 

NCAA football 2012 has it rated as a B-plus academically...which is actually higher than a ton of other schools (very scientific, I know)!

In other words, its a good state university (yes, Clemson is good sister graduated from there). 

I graduated from South Carolina in 2007, and had a great education that led to me landing a fulfilling job as a teacher. I am grateful for that. I also remember having classes with some players in 2003-2004. They acted like what you hear about when you talk about college athletics. They hardly showed up, they sat and did nothing, or slept...and don't try to say "they allow that at South Carolina?" because all universities do, whether you like it or not. 

Now, reports have players coming to class daily, working hard for legitimate degrees and putting forth the effort in the classroom. 

Congrats to the team on a fantastic accomplishment. 

It's great to be a Gamecock!

Especially an educated one. 

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