Contrary to the scuttlebutt you'll hear every now and then from the folks decorated in baby blue across town, USC student-athletes are showing up to class and hitting the books nowadays according to a story on USCTrojans.com:
Last fall, 285 student-athletes (nearly 50% of USC's student-athlete population) earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Of those, 117 made the Dean's List.
To top it off, 14 Trojan student-athletes posted a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. for the 2009 fall semester. Eight of USC's 19 sports posted a team G.P.A. of at least 3.0. The women's cross country squad took the top team honor with a 2009 fall semester G.P.A. of 3.32. The women's tennis team took the most improved award by raising its team G.P.A. from 3.00 during the 2009 spring semester to a 3.29 G.P.A. in the 2009 fall semester.
USC's Student-Athlete Academic Services and the Athletic Department would like to congratulate the 285 following student-athletes for earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2009 fall semester. Making a commitment to their success both inside and outside the classroom, Trojan student-athletes are dedicated to excellence.
Clearly, by the look of things, the Trojans just aren't pulling their weight nowadays.