Do you know what is just as impressive than the work Louisville coach Charlie Strong has done transforming his team from a bottom dweller into a Big East champion?
The work he has done transforming his team in the classroom.
Louisville has gone from a program mired in academic problems to one that just posted a record academic performance. The school announced Tuesday that the Cardinals produced a collective 2.76 grade-point average for the 2012 fall semester. Forty-seven student-athletes on the roster had a GPA that was 3.0 or better -- the most since Strong arrived in 2010. That surpassed the previous high under Strong -- 40, set in the spring of 2010.
In all, Louisville had two Dean Scholar's (4.0 GPA) and 74 student-athletes with a GPA that was 2.5 or better. Eleven players graduated during fall commencement in December, and three players are enrolled in the MBA program.
Back in 2011, the football team lost three scholarships because of low academic performance rates, in large part because of several coaching changes that impacted the players and rates. Last year, Louisville stopped a five-year slide in its APR and is well on the road to respectability.
Strong, no doubt, deserves credit for that, too.