Clemson Athletes Post 2.89 GPA

Clemson student-athletes for the 15 sports programs posted a 2.89 GPA for the spring semester according to data release by the Clemson University Office of Institutional Research.

The 2.89 GPA was the third best semester on record. Two-hundred and twenty-seven of the 456 student-athletes on the rosters of the 15 programs made the academic honor roll (3.0 or better), nearly a 50 percent rate.

"We are very pleased with the work of Becky Bowman and her staff at Vickery Hall," said Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips. "They put in countless hours and their hard work has led to these consistent, excellent results. I also want to compliment our coaches who have obviously made academics a priority."

The Clemson football team established an all-time record of 2.63 GPA for the spring semester, breaking the mark of 2.58 established in the spring of 2001.

Each of the top nine semester GPAs on record by the football team have taken place during Tommy Bowden's tenure as head coach.

The Tiger football team had 37 of its student-athletes named to the academic honor roll, including six starters. Punter Jimmy Maners earned a perfect 4.0 and was named to the President's List, while starting center Thomas Austin made the dean's list. Michael Hamlin, who graduated in May, but will return for a fifth year of eligibility in the fall, also made the academic honor roll, as did starting tight end Brian Linthicum. Two-sport athletes C.J. Spiller and Mark Buchholz both made the academic honor roll in each semester in 2007-08, quite an accomplishment considering their respective schedules.

The Clemson men's basketball program had an outstanding semester as well with a 2.60 GPA, the fifth best on record, and six members of the team were named to the academic honor roll, tied for the second highest total in program history. Cliff Hammonds, who graduated in May, was named to the Dean's List in his final semester as an architecture major, while classmate and fellow graduate Sam Perry was named to the academic honor roll. Long range shooter Terrence Oglesby, and key reserve David Potter also made the list.

The men's soccer program had the highest GPA among the men's teams with a 2.94. That team had 16 student-athletes named to the academic honor roll, including David Bell, who made the President's List.

Clemson had a successful year athletically in women's sports with six of the seven programs competing in NCAA postseason action. Four programs had team GPAs over 3.0. The women's soccer team had a program best 3.34 GPA for the spring semester. That team reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last the fall. It marked the 16th straight semester of at least a 3.0 for the women's soccer program, the seventh in a row at 3.30 or better.

The rowing program had a 3.30 GPA for the spring, giving it a streak of 20 straight semesters with at least a 3.0, including 11 who posted a perfect 4.0. That team had 39 student-athletes on the academic honor roll. In the water, the rowing team's Varsity Eight boat qualified for the NCAA Championships and ranked 12th in the final poll under the direction of first year head coach Richard Ruggieri.

Other women's programs earning a 3.0 or better were the women's swimming team and the women's track team. It was the 18th straight semester of at least a 3.0 for the women's swimming team, and it was the sixth straight 3.0 or better for the women's track program. The women's track program had 27 student-athletes named to the honor roll, the second highest figure in the program's history.

Other prominent student-athletes named to the academic honor roll include Sam Bryfczynski, who was recently named first-team Academic All-District in men's track, and NCAA meet qualifier Patricia Mamona in women's track. Second-team All-ACC volleyball player Leslie Mansfield was named to the President's List. The swimming brother and sister combination of Matt and Julie Balderston both earned perfect 4.0 GPAs in the classroom for the semester.

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