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    Defensive lineman Penitito Faalologo jumps over offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi during football practice on April 7 at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

Things are looking up for the University of Hawaii football team — in the class room.

The Rainbow Warriors reported an overall 2.82 grade-point average for the recently completed spring semester, a jump from the past fall’s 2.56 GPA.

Forty-one of the 83 players on the spring roster had a GPA of 3.0 or better the past semester. Six non-roster players who were on scholarship also had a GPA of at least 3.0.

The players rebounded from what head coach Nick Rolovich termed as a “real emotional fall.” Norm Chow was fired after the ninth game of what finished as a 3-10 season in 2015.

“It was a tough time period for these kids to go through, a lot of uncertainty,” Rolovich said. “I’m sure that had an effect on their fall-semester (grades). The fall probably is hard, anyway, because of football. Add on the mid-season coaching change.”

The Warriors missed 15 school days because of six road trips in 2015.

The cumulative spring grades showed the players “had the ability to do it” academically, Rolovich said. “I think you saw guys who had good GPAs (in the fall) keep them up there (in the spring), and you saw guys, who maybe struggled in the fall, really commit to (academics).”

Rolovich said there were some players whose GPA “jumped a whole grade point’” from the fall to the spring.

Long-snapper/linebacker Noah Borden’s 3.97 GPA for the spring semester was the highest among the Warriors.


CORRECTION: The University of Hawaii football team reported a 2.82 grade point average for the spring semester. An earlier version of this story said the GPA was 3.87.

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    • Exactly. They’re SUPPOSED to get good grades right? As if this is some sort of amazing accomplishment.

      It’s like Chris Rock complaining about a certain demographic bragging that they “take care of their kids”. They’re SUPPOSED to TAKE CARE of their kids!!!

      Everyone get a trophy.

    • Allie is busy making pizza in Waikiki so I will substitute for ‘her’. Why are grades important for foorball players? Does anyone care what the average GPA for football players at Alabama, Boise State, USC or any other Div 1A school who are fighting to win their division or a national championship? Is NCAA givimg bonus points to increase a school’s ranking if they perform a Haka with precison and originality? Don’t want to sound heartless and it is great some football players do well in class and later graduate to get their degree but their MAIN purpose is to play well as a team and as an individual and WIN games. Instead of worrying about UH players’s GPA, how about making sure they do not run into a telephone with their mopeds or commit acts of violence and get ARRESTED?

  • Ha! Good job guys but big whoop. Is this to counter the stereo type of a football team? Put all the teams up there and see how they rank. I’m sure there are athletes on the other teams that deserve some print space props with their gpa averages. Shoot, put up the gpa’s for the science and debate team and really show the talent up at UH.

  • I applaud these students for their achievements but I hate to say it but the priority is not grades. It is in winning. Any college team that tells you otherwise is not telling you the truth. Even the great Notre Dame recruits blue chip players first, not the most outstanding academic athletes. It is a great big con job to sell what is basically a great big NFL big business money generating corporation’s farm. And does the NFL give back to these colleges such as UH that invest resources, even strong arming their student academic population to subsidize these “student” athletes? No. The NFL should pay something to these colleges that pump out “commodity” year after year just so that they can maintain their business. For without college football, there wouldn’t be an NFL. For Notre Dame, it is big business as they rely on the success of their football program due to their national prominence (even basically “owning” NBC broadcast of their games). In UH’s case it does not have this kind of support or even any help except from boosters. The NCAA needs to level the playing field as just comparing UH to Notre Dame shows a big discrepancy in support and ability to compete.

  • All things considered– like the time demands of college football– football players do at least as well and in many cases better than the student body as a whole. One reason is that college football has changed and become as much a mental and strategic contest as a physical one. It takes intelligence to be able to understand the patterns and plays on the field and all of the reads of the positions of players to be made before the snap, and after the snap, with adjustments to coverages, plays, and patterns. I can tell you that not everyone can do this and absorb the many different combinations with each snap of the ball.

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