Thursday's Newsworthy Notes

Posted on May 10 2012 - 4:55pm by Ethan Moore

*Jurich reportedly tells Big East bigwigs Louisville is out if Big 12 comes calling….

There remains a desire among some member schools to leave. Multiple sources with direct knowledge of their situations told ESPN.com that Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich told the Big East board of directors that the Cardinals want to be in the Big 12 or the ACC, opting for transparency by making members aware of his school’s true intentions.

*UofL football team getting it done in the classroom as well

While the University of Louisville football  team is coming off a BIG EAST championship and its second straight bowl appearance, the Cardinals have excelled in the classroom as well.

Grades have been posted for the 2012 UofL Spring Semester and 37 of the Cardinals achieved a 3.0 or better grade point average. The team produced a combined 2.76 GPA for the semester, the highest ever for the Cardinals under head coach Charlie Strong. The football team owns a cumulative GPA of 2.78 and had a total of 19 players also make the Dean’s List.

The Cardinals had two players post grade point averages of 4.0 and 73 of the football student-athletes earned a 2.5 GPA or higher during the Spring Semester. Strong will have seven of his players receive their degrees when U of L hosts graduation at the KFC Yum! Center this Saturday.

*UofL fan favorites DeJuan Wheat and Marques Maybin are set to graduate on May 12th

Former University of Louisville men’s basketball student-athletes Marques Maybin and DeJuan Wheat, who both rank among the Cardinals’ top 15 career scorers, will be among the graduates participating in UofL’s Spring 2012 commencement exercises on May 12.

          Both returned to UofL to earn their degrees through the Houston-Bridgeman Fellows Cardinal Degree Completion Program, which was established in 2000 to assist returning student-athletes who have exhausted their athletic scholarship eligibility with the cost of full- or part-time tuition and books associated with completing their degree at UofL.

          The program provides employment opportunities through the UofL Athletic Association to allow former scholarship student-athletes the opportunity to receive financial assistance to complete their degrees.  A total of 55 former student-athletes have graduated through the Houston-Bridgeman Fellows and Project Graduate, a statewide program that helps people with 90 or more college credit hours complete their degree.

          The Cardinals’ No. 13 all-time scorer with 1,624 career points, Maybin was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident in August of 2003.  He will graduate at the 10 a.m. ceremony with a degree in psychology.

          Maybin led the Cardinals in scoring his final two years at U of L, including averaging 17.7 points as a senior during the 2000-01 season.  His career 156 three-point goals is 11th all-time for the Cardinals from 1997-2001 and he is sixth in career dunks with 95.  Maybin played two seasons of professional basketball in Beirut, Lebanon and Nantes, France following his career with the Cardinals.

          Wheat was the first player in NCAA Division I history with career totals of at least 2,000 points, 450 assists, 300 three-point goals and 200 steals. He completed his career with 2,183 points (second all-time at UofL), 498 assists (4th), 323 three pointers (2nd) and 204 steals (6th) from 1993-97. 

          A third-team All-America selection by Basketball Times as a senior, Wheat started a school-record 136 consecutive games and finished his career as UofL’s all-time leader in minutes played (4,560).  He played 12 seasons of professional basketball, playing his last five years in Mexico with Soles de Mexicali.  He was added to the list of honored jersey names displayed in the KFC Yum! Center this season.   He will graduate at the 10 a.m. ceremony with a degree in sociology.

          Wheat and Maybin are two of the five graduates in this year’s class from the Houston-Bridgeman Fellows Cardinal Degree Completion Program.  Dion Edward (men’s basketball, 1998-2000 at UofL) and Richard “Junior” Jones (football, 1983-85) are also Spring 2012 graduates while Joe Jacoby (football, 1978-80), a four-time Super Bowl participant with the Washington Redskins, was a Fall 2011 graduate.

*Tune into LSL tonight at 7:00 on ESPN 680 and/or ESPNLouisville.com to get your UofL sports fix.

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