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Grizzly Athletes Make the Grade

The University of Montana is proud to announce that its 289 student-athletes posted a 3.0 grade point average for the 2008 fall semester. Grizzly student-athletes have an average cumulative GPA of 3.05.

Women’s tennis (3.34), women’s track and field (3.27) and volleyball (3.20) highlighted the department’s fall academic success.

“Once again, our student-athletes continue to prosper both in the classroom and on the courts and fields,” said Jim O’Day, director of UM athletics. “We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and commend our coaching staff and support personnel for assisting these young men and women as they make academics a priority.

“This is a testament that we are bringing the right student-athletes to The University of Montana.”

Half of the department teams had a fall GPA of at least 3.0, and nine of the 12 teams maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Coach Jerry Wagner’s volleyball team has a department-best cumulative GPA of 3.36. Women’s tennis is at 3.33 and women’s track and field at 3.32.

The men’s basketball team’s 2.99 grade point average is expected to be among the higher averages of Division I schools in the country.

The 102 student-athletes on the Montana football team, which had a 16-week game schedule from early September to mid-December, put together an impressive 2.90 fall semester GPA and have a 2.91 cumulative GPA.