Redbird Football Posts Highest Team Semester GPA on Record
June 27, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State football team followed one of its most successful years on the field with its strongest semester in the classroom, posting a team cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.72 for the spring 2013 academic semester.
“Academics is obviously very important to us, and our athletes took class work very seriously,” head coach Brock Spack said. “We have put a lot of emphasis on improving in the classroom over the last four years. Our players are really buying into it and this past semester is evidence that you can win and do it while being a good student.”
The GPA was the highest for an Illinois State football team on record, which dates back to the opening of the Karen Bone Athletic Study Center in 1996. Forty-four Redbirds were named to the honor roll, which consists of a semester grade-point average of at least 3.0, with six players earning perfect 4.0 scores.
On the field, Illinois State finished the season ranked eighth in the country, going 9-4 and advancing to the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs for the fourth time in school history. The Redbirds earned a first round bye in the FCS playoffs and defeated No. 6 Appalachian State, 38-37, in overtime to advance to the FCS Quarterfinals.
The Redbirds being the 2013 season Aug. 29, at Ball State, and will return home to open the newly renovated Hancock Stadium Sept. 21 versus, Abilene Christian.
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