June 13, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Members of the 2007-08 University of Notre Dame football team combined to post a semester grade-point average above 3.0 during the '08 spring semester, marking the sixth straight semester (and the first six times in recorded history) that the Irish football team has topped the 3.0 GPA level as a group.
Fifty-four of the 104 players registered at least a 3.0 mark for the '08 spring semester and 53 members of the team currently have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0.
"I want to congratulate our players for another solid semester in the classroom," Irish head coach Charlie Weis said. "I'm very proud and pleased of all the players who have helped contribute to six consecutive semesters of the team GPA being at least 3.0. I also would like to thank the wonderful job our academic services department does and commend them for all the effort they put forth working with our team."
Fourteen members of the team earned a place on the Dean's List and the team's current cumulative GPA is over 3.0.
Statistics for the semester cumulative GPAs of the football team were not kept prior to 1992, but before Weis' arrival in 2005, the previous best semester cumulative GPA was 2.911. Beginning with the '05 fall semester, the Irish football team has recorded over a 3.0 combined GPA in each semester.
Weis' first team in 2005 surpassed the 3.0 mark for the first time ever with a 3.044 combined GPA in the fall semester of '05. At that time, that marked the highest figure ever attained by the football team. Then, the Notre Dame players followed that up with a combined and unprecedented 3.072 mark in the spring semester of '06.
The fall semester of '06 saw the Irish football team post a 3.041 cumulative GPA and 61 of the 104 players achieved at least a 3.0 during that semester. In the spring of `07, Irish players improved on that and recorded a 3.043 combined GPA.