The Impact of College Football on Academic Achievement
17 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2013 Last revised: 12 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 14, 2014
We revisit a recent study by Lindo, Swensen and Waddell (2012), who found a negative relationship between the success of the University of Oregon football team and the academic performance of students as measured by grades. Using data from Clemson University, we also find that the football team's winning percentage is negatively related to academic performance. Although Lindo, Swensen and Waddell (2012) found that the academic performance of male students was more sensitive to changes in the winning percentage than the academic performance of female students, we find evidence of the opposite phenomenon in the Clemson data. Moreover, the negative relationship between wins and academic performance at Clemson appears to persist into the spring semester.
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