Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Dan Mullen's arrival at Mississippi State has done more than just pump renewed energy into the football program.
The Bulldogs also just completed one of their best semesters ever in the classroom. They posted their third-highest grade point average (2.62) since the school started keeping track of the scores.
Former coach Sylvester Croom also deserves credit for getting things pointed in the right direction academically. Mississippi State recently posted a 933 Academic Progress Report (APR) rate, its highest score since the NCAA initiated the APR program five years ago. According to Mississippi State, the Bulldogs are one of five SEC teams to improve its APR each of those five years.
What's really impressive about this last semester is that several of Mississippi State's highest profile players had some of the best GPAs. Quarterback Tyson Lee had a 3.44. Running back Anthony Dixon and offensive tackle Derek Sherrod each had a 3.25, while linebacker Jamar Chaney had a 3.06.
In all, 22 players had better than a 3.0, and 43 players had a 2.5 or better.