RESEARCHERS AT the University of Oregon may have made a major breakthrough.
It's not a cure for cancer, or even how to fix the nation's budget deficit. Instead, they have revealed a distinct correlation between the success of a major college football program and plummeting grade point averages mainly among the male student population.
In a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, two Oregon researchers analyzed the GPAs of nearly 30,000 Oregon students, both male and female, during fall terms between 1999-2007. They found that depending on the success of the Ducks' football program over those years, GPAs dropped on average to 2.94 for men and around 3.12 for women.