If you live in the SF Bay Area, it’s not an unusual thing to hear: Stanford didn’t play well in one game or another because of midterms. It’s true that the academic load on The Farm can be rigorous, and can play a part in athletic performance. But when Lou Holtz makes the diagnosis that the Cardinal football team suffered its first loss of the seasons due to midterms, skepticism creeps in.
Holtz, on ESPN’s College Football Final, following Utah’s 27-21 win on Saturday:
“There’s no doubt that Stanford did not play well. But I know coming from an academic institution, this is a time for midterm exams,” Holtz explained. “Players are not focused, they don’t get to practice on time, they’re worn out, they’re tired, they don’t get much sleep, and you do not play very well. And that is exactly what it looked like to me with Stanford. I don’t know that for a fact, but that looked like a football team that was in midterms.”
Problem here. As Larry Brown Sports points out, Stanford isn’t in midterms. In fact, due to their quarter system, midterms there are at least three weeks away.
This past Friday was, however, the last day to drop a class. BONUS DERP: Utah is in midterms this week.