Vols hoops GPA dips in semester of coaching change — again

Tennessee released its 2014 spring-semester GPA results on Monday, and there was plenty for an athletic department to be proud of.

For the third consecutive semester — and the third consecutive spring semester — UT student athletes’ collective GPA was above 3.0.

For the first time in school history as many as 12 teams notched a GPA of 3.0 or better.

And four sports — baseball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s track and field and women’s track and field — posted program-bests.

But the Tennessee men’s basketball team didn’t have much reason to cheer.

The Vols notched a 2.27 spring-semester GPA. That’s their lowest single-semester GPA since the spring semester of 2011. These semesters have coaching changes in common.

The team turned in a spring-semester GPA of 2.25 after Cuonzo Martin replaced Bruce Pearl in March of 2011. Now the 2.27 comes after new coach Donnie Tyndall replaced California-bound Martin in mid-April.

Combine the 2.27 announced Monday with the team’s 2013 fall-semester GPA of 2.51 and the average for the 2013-14 squad is 2.39. That’s the lowest a Martin-coached UT team has ever had. The 2011-12 team posted a 2.46 GPA. The 2012-13 posted a 2.51.