Good semester in the classroom for Cyclones

It’s easy for college sports enthusiasts to focus on results, championships and top ten plays. That’s what we’re fed round-the-clock. Iowa State’s winter sports slate has included many of those type of stories.

The men’s basketball team is one win shy of last year’s victory total. The women’s basketball squad is ranked nationally. The wrestlers feature the nation’s top-rated 174 pounder in Jon Reader. Gymnastics is one spot from entering GymInfo’s Top 20. It’s been a good winter.

Our student-athletes also had a great fall semester in the classroom. Consider that …

*  75 percent of the teams had a cumulative team GPA over 3.0
*  16 student-athletes recorded perfect 4.0 grade-point averages in the fall
*  nearly one-quarter (23%) of student-athletes made the Dean’s List
*  student-athletes had a higher fall semester GPA than ISU undergrads

We often applaud the Cyclones for game-winning catches, spikes, baskets, matches, races or routines. That’s great. Remember, too, they are doing good things in the classroom and that matters more.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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