Report: Harvard athletes linked to cheating scandal

2:18 PM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
Harvard basketball player Kyle Casey (Photo Getty Images)
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by Craig Bennett, USA TODAY

Senior Kyle Casey, the top returning scorer and rebounder on Harvard's defending Ivy League champion men's basketball team, is likely to miss the 2012-13 season, according to a report Tuesday morning by SI.com.

Citing only multiple unnamed sources, the report said Casey is among about 125 students the school is investigating for cheating on a take-home final exam in a government class during the spring term. All face charges of academic dishonesty, which could mean a one-year suspension from school.

SI.com also reported that another co-captain, Brandyn Curry, has been implicated along with at least one other basketball player. The student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, reported that the football team, which opens its season Saturday, is anticipating potential lineup changes because of some players being implicated.

Harvard football coach Tim Murphy told the Boston Herald on Tuesday, "All 24 projected starters coming out of spring ball are in good academic standing, healthy and ready to go on Saturday."

Harvard athletics spokesman Kurt Svoboda, contacted Tuesday morning by USA TODAY Sports, said in an email that he could not verify the accuracy of the S!.com report. "This morning was the first I'd heard of it. We are not able to comment because of privacy laws governing student academic records."

Said Scottie Rodgers, associate executive director for communications at the Ivy League: ""The Ivy League will have no comment. This is an institutional matter, and it is being handled by Harvard."

Harvard announced Aug. 30 that it was investigating.

Harvard finished last season 26-5, earning its first-ever Ivy League title and its first NCAA tournament berth since 1946. Svoboda told USA TODAY Sports that the league title would be safe: "Nothing from last year would be in jeopardy. All students on an athletic roster were eligible to compete."

The SI.com report said Casey was considering withdrawing from school in an effort to retain his final season of eligibility. Should he enroll this year and the school's administrative board not rule in his favor, his college career could be over. By withdrawing and staying out this year, he could wait to see how the board rules and then possibly apply to be re-admitted for the 2013-14 school year.

SI.com, citing Brandyn Curry's father, Herman, Curry said that he has not yet decided whether to withdraw.

Harvard's fall registration deadline is Tuesday.

SI.com said neither basketball coach Tommy Amaker nor Casey returned calls Monday night seeking comment.

Contributing: Nicole Auerbach

USA TODAY

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