RESEARCHERS AT the University of Oregon may have made a major breakthrough.

It's not a cure for cancer, or even how to fix the nation's budget deficit. Instead, they have revealed a distinct correlation between the success of a major college football program and plummeting grade point averages mainly among the male student population.

In a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, two Oregon researchers analyzed the GPAs of nearly 30,000 Oregon students, both male and female, during fall terms between 1999-2007. They found that depending on the success of the Ducks' football program over those years, GPAs dropped on average to 2.94 for men and around 3.12 for women.

Bottom line?

"They drink more when the team wins, they party more when the team wins and they study less when the team wins," professor Jason Lindo, a co-author of the findings, told the Associated Press.

Wonder how grades will fare should Oregon - which finished with an 11-2 regular season and a Rose Bowl berth - beat up on Wisconsin on Monday night?

Other shocking news

UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar, who returns to the Octagon tonight after a year layoff in a main event with Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, made a shocking revelation at his press conference in Las Vegas yesterday:

World Wrestling Entertainment is actually fake.

Lesnar, a former WWE champion wants to be known strictly as a UFC fighter now, telling members of the press that "only someone living under a rock for the last 50 years would think [the WWE] is real."

We feel cheated.

And finally . . .

Temple offensive guard Wayne Tribue was selected as captain of the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and is in New Orleans ahead of Monday's Sugar Bowl. Tribue is part of a contingent that will host a football clinic at a New Orleans YMCA and present a $10,000 check to the organization on behalf of Allstate.