LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Since University of Louisville hired Charlie Strong as its head football coach on Dec. 9, 2009, Cardinal student-athletes have taken major strides in the classroom.
Under Strong’s eye in the spring of 2010, his first year at the helm of the program, 40 football players were named to the athletic director’s academic honor for achieving at least a 3.0 grade-point average, 13 were named to the dean’s list (requires semester GPA of 3.5-3.999) and, collectively, the team secured a 2.7 grade-point average.
The following semester, the fall of 2010, the Cardinals’ football team had 37 student-athletes recognized on the athletic director’s academic honor roll, with 11 earning dean’s list status and one capturing the dean’s scholar award (one semester in which student earns all grades of ‘A+’ or ‘A’ and no ‘A-‘). In the spring of this year, two student-athletes were named dean’s scholars, 12 reached the dean’s list and 36 Cardinals were tabbed athletic director’s academic honor roll members. The team maintained a 2.65 grade-point average.
With the completion of the summer courses, the Cardinals’ freshman recruiting class posted its second-straight above 3.0-grade point average. In 2010, the group earned a 3.44 GPA, and this summer, the newcomers finished with a 3.185 mark.