Exams bring twice the pressure to MU Tigers

Football players at University of Missouri are facing extra pressure during the first week of December, with exams to pass and an SEC Championship game Saturday.

"Right now in the library it's packed," Said MU senior Ben Logel. "I went and tried to go the other day, but you can't find any seats."

Logel is not a student athlete, but he said the tasks he must complete to study for all his tests pale in comparison to what some student athletes are facing. "I can only imagine what they're going through," Logel said.

Student athlete Kelsea Roth said as a softball player, she is familiar with the stresses of honoring two commitments at the same time.

"You're doing sports stuff, then you have to go to class, then you've got to study," Roth said. "You're probably at the facilities from around 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at night."

Members of Mizzou's football team are in the thick of an all-consuming situation. Each person on the team has their own exams to study for, but must also attend mandatory practices and find time to work out in addition to studying for their finals.

With an SEC championship game coming up Saturday, the team will make a quick turnaround after the game to be back in time for Monday's exams.

"It's crazy," said Roth. "I don't know how they're handling it, it's definitely going to be a difficult task for them."

Associate Athletic Director Tami Chievous said the MU Athlete Academic Center has a wealth of resources available to student athletes including tutors, academic advisors, computer labs, and study halls.

"We really started preparing for final exams during Thanksgiving week," Chievous said. "This week, the guys have been in, studying hard. The good thing is we've got all day Sunday to prepare for Monday's exams."