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Mike, go back and watch the NC State game

by Greg, sittin on the dock of the bay, Monday, December 04, 2017, 09:29 @ Mike (bart)
edited by Greg, Monday, December 04, 2017, 09:32

They had a whole bit on one of the Wolfpack defensive players who skipped class all week and stayed in the coaches' office watching film and prepping for practice. NBC was fawning over it. Had they run the same thing about an ND player... well, they couldn't have because no ND player would have been allowed to do it. It's a real distinction and if we're going to wade into analysis of what causes our guys to grind down as the season (and semester) wears on we should be honest about all causes and not just focus on one or two.

With respect to other academic schools, well, the Ivies don't really care so there's not a combination of the mental and emotional grind. Northwestern and Duke and Wake are up and down every year and out of contention by November 1 anyway, so the emotional grind you mention isn't there even if the academic one is. And Stanford is on the quarter system and lets you drop classes up to the start of the exam period with no penalty, so the academic pressure during football season is wholly different than it is at ND.


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