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Posted on 12/22/2011 7:06:48 AM PST by Academiadotorg
One of the fascinating little oddities of academic research is the amount of intellectual capital that the best and the brightest spend in order to catch up with the rest of us. We consider the relationship between collegiate-football success and non-athlete student performance, three economists from the University of Oregon write in a recent study. We find that the teams success significantly reduces male grades relative to female grades.
This phenomenon is only present in fall quarters, which coincides with the football season. Using survey data, we find that males are more likely than females to increase alcohol consumption, decrease studying, and increase partying in response to the success of the team.
The trio of economistsJason M. Lindo, Isaac D. Swensen and Glen R. Waddellundertook this study for the National Bureau of Economic Research at Harvard. In addition to these three, a quintet of academic heavyweights was brought in to offer advice before the study was released.
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Undoubtedly funded by tax dollars.
So that makes Robert Griffin III’s graduation in three years with a 3.57 GPA all the more admirable, I guess - what with him winning the Heisman, starting a charity, beating the Sooners for the first time EVER, etc....
I found that when I was drunk, the professors made more sense. And when they were drunk, well, that was true education.
I was impressed with his on-field exploits. I was astounded by his academic and extra curricular achievements.
His acceptance speech at the award ceremony was very well done. I hope he does well in this world.
“So that makes Robert Griffin IIIs graduation in three years with a 3.57 GPA all the more admirable, I guess - what with him winning the Heisman, starting a charity, beating the Sooners for the first time EVER, etc....”
Heck, one of my best friends in college was a massive football player EE major with a 3.6 GPA (better than mine).
However, we must admit that thanks to the total lack of standards of most universities, the vast majority of those who came in on athletic scholarships have mental abilities which suit them only for low mental demand jobs such as politics and journalism.
Academic stats on RGIII:
Currently pursuing a master’s degree in communications
Graduated December 2010 - degree in political science
2011 Spring Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
Arthur Ashe Overall Sports Scholar Award finalist, 2010
2010 Academic All-District VI (ESPN/CoSIDA)
2010 Academic All-Big 12 (first team)
2011 Spring Baylor Dean’s List
2010 Fall Baylor Dean’s List
2010 Fall Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
2010 Spring Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
2009 Fall Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
2009 Spring Baylor Dean’s List
2009 Spring Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
2008 Fall Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
2008 Spring Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
Graduated No. 7 in senior class at Copperas Cove (Texas) High School
Copperas Cove HS is no cakewalk, lots of highly motivated military brats. I’m a Longhorn, not a Baylor Bear, but this guy’s just impressive no matter what measure is used.
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