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.