Kansas student-athletes set an academic record for the spring 1991 semester, Paul Buskirk told the KU Athletic Corporation board at its regular meeting Thursday.
Buskirk, assistant athletic director for support services, told the KUAC board that the student-athletes achieved a cumulative 2.81 grade point average, a record high since the athletic department began keeping records six years ago.
Additionally, 156 student-athletes were nominated to be Jayhawk Scholars for attaining a GPA of 3.0 or better, and five sports set new records for team GPA.
"We're really proud of the student-athletes' academic accomplishments during the spring semester," said KU athletic director Bob Frederick. "Not only were their grades good, but we were able to avoid the embarrassment of high numbers of ineligibles."
THE TEAMS that set new record GPAs were men's basketball 2.66, women's basketball 2.98, men's swimming 3.01, women's swimming 3.12 and volleyball 3.2.
In an unrelated matter, Frederick reported that talks continued between the Big Eight and Southwest conferences.
"We've met twice since our last meeting (on May 17)," Frederick said. "I think we're coming closer to doing something jointly in the matter of television."
Frederick said that because the television contract with the College Football Assn. runs out in 1995, the two conferences are starting now to develop a comprehensive independent television package.
IN OTHER action Thursday, the KUAC board:
Unanimously elected Stephen Parker, a professer of slavic languages, as chairman. Tom Mulinazzi had been chair for the past three years. Sara Colt, an alumni representative from Lawrence, was chosen the board's secretary.
Heard a report from John Hadl, assistant athletic director for development and director of the Williams Fund. Hadl reported the fund is ahead of schedule for the current fiscal year. The Williams Fund ended the 1991 fiscal year with all-time high contributions of $2,822,143, he reported. The fund is more than $60,000 ahead of last year after one month in the 1992 fiscal year, he said.
Heard a report from Susan Wachter, assistant athletic director for business. Wachter reported that season football ticket sales were ahead of last year's sales to-date.
"We're only $10,600 short of projected season ticket sales," she said. "That's good because we still have two weeks to go. We're already 600 ahead of where we finished at the end of last year."