Rumor has it.
And by rumor, I mean a studyÂ produced by three University of Oregon economists that was recently released.
The study examined the GPA's of nearly 30,000 non-athlete Oregon students from 1999-2007 , a period of time in which Ducks football had a winning Â percentage that ranged from 45-92% (with an average of Â 68%). It found that over this period, there was a definite relationship between lower grades and wins during the season. (And the pattern of lower grades was only seen in the fall quarters, further strengthening the possibility of a cause-and-effect scenario.)
Now keep in mind these areÂ non-athleteÂ students--i.e. they aren't failing physics because they're focused on formations; they're not too busy studying the competition to study their calculus. The difference, the study found, was likely derived from post-win partying. Both male and female undergraduates surveyed (who had attended Oregon for 2+ years) said that they were more likely to party, skip class and drink after a victory than after a defeat, with 24% of males and 9% of females saying that the amount of time they spent studying varied depending on their team's record. Makes sense, I'd say.
"HELL YEAH! WE WON! LET'S GET WASTED!" is applicable when your team is good.
"Screw it dude--this blows. I might as well work on my thesis. Not like this Saturday could get any shittier." is likely (or, ya know, as likely as a college kid doing homework on a weekend can be) when your team sucks.
So before you bitch about your GPA, check your team's record. And if you get that good report card money from Grandma, consider making a donation to your athletic department.
Or maybe you should just save the money for booze. You never know how next season's gonna go.