The Impact of College Football on Academic Achievement

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Rey Hernández-Julián

Metropolitan State College of Denver

Kurt W. Rotthoff

Seton Hall University - W. Paul Stillman School of Business

Date Written: August 14, 2014

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Hernandez-Julian, Rey and Rotthoff, Kurt W., The Impact of College Football on Academic Achievement (August 14, 2014). Economics of Education Review, Vol. 43, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2284322 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2284322

Rey Hernandez-Julian

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