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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Kyle Casey gone in Harvard cheating scandal?

This surprising story, which also may mean discipline for Harvard football players comes from
Kyle Casey

Harvard senior co-captain Kyle Casey plans to withdraw from school and is likely to miss the entire 2012-13 season after being implicated in a widespread academic cheating scandal, multiple sources told With Harvard's fall registration deadline looming Tuesday, Casey faced the decision of whether to withdraw in order to attempt to preserve his final year of eligibility.

On Aug. 30, Harvard College announced in a letter that its administrative board was investigating allegations that approximately 125 undergraduates "may have committed acts of academic dishonesty, ranging from inappropriate collaboration to outright plagiarism, on a take-home final exam." The exam was for Government 1310: Introduction to Congress, a spring 2012 class with an enrollment of 279. Sources said that Casey and at least one other men's basketball player are among a group of athletes and non-athletes whose cases are pending review. The first-team all-Ivy League forward is facing a charge of academic dishonesty that could carry a one-year suspension from school.

Neither Harvard coach Tommy Amaker nor Casey returned calls or messages from SI requesting comment on Monday night. According to sources, Casey had the option of enrolling for the fall 2012 semester and fighting the allegations, but risked losing his final season of Ivy League eligibility if the administrative board did not rule in his favor. By withdrawing for two semesters, Casey is leaving the door open for re-admission to Harvard -- and a return to the basketball team -- in 2013-14 once his case is settled. This March, with Casey averaging a team-high 11.4 points per game, the Amaker-led Crimson won their first-ever Ivy League title and reached their first NCAA tournament since 1946.

In an Aug. 31 story in the New York Times, Harvard's dean of undergraduate education, Jay Harris, said that the alleged cheating scandal is "unprecedented in its scope and magnitude." The Harvard Crimson reported this week that the school's football team was bracing for potential lineup changes due to players being implicated in the scandal.
Harvard, which has won at least 20 games in each of Amaker's past three seasons -- including a 26-5 record in 2011-12 -- is the early favorite to repeat as Ivy League champion next season. Casey, a former two-star recruit from Medway, Mass., who also considered attending Stanford and Vanderbilt, was the Crimson's top returning scorer and rebounder, but it appears that his college career has been put on hold.

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