For years, college coaches throughout the country have had to balance academics with athletics.
They know they need to push their athletes, but also recognize the academic demand on those athletes.
Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre said that a blood work study of his players might help him to better handle tough academic weeks this season. Every week during the 2013 season, the CU medical staff conducted blood tests on the Buffs. MacIntyre was enlightened when looking at the results.
"I thought our worst start of a game, worst game last year was Arizona State," he said, referring to a 54-13 loss on Oct. 12 in Tempe, Arizona. The Buffs trailed 47-6 at halftime.
"That was mid-term exam week, they all had papers, and all our blood work showed that they dipped dramatically in their lactic acid. That taught me a lot about that week to have to really cut back and really understand that, and for the kids to know they need extra sleep.
"I used to think it was just a mental game, but it really does drain you."
MacIntyre said that knowing that information could help him and the CU staff as they try to manage the season with a young roster.
Check back later today for more notes from CU football.