Report: Harvard Basketball Captains Involved In Cheating Scandal
BOSTON (CBS) — The cheating scandal that rocked Harvard in late August involving 125 students included the two captains of the men’s basketball team, according to a report.
Kyle Casey, senior forward from Medway, and Brandyn Curry, a senior guard, are among those students facing potential punishment for cheating, according to Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn.
The report says that Casey will withdraw from Harvard and will miss the upcoming season, while Curry has not yet made a decision on his future.
News of the cheating scandal broke on Aug. 30, when Harvard announced it was “investigating allegations that a significant number of students enrolled in an undergraduate course last semester may have inappropriately collaborated on answers, or plagiarized their classmates’ responses, on the final exam for the course.”
According to the SI report, “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.”
Casey led the Crimson last season with 11.4 points per game and he was second in rebounding with 5.5 per contest. Curry was fourth in scoring with 7.9 points per game while leading the team with 4.9 assists per game.
The basketball team may not be the only squad affected, either, as the Harvard Crimson reported Monday that the football team is preparing for potential sanctions on its players as well.
A spokesman for Harvard Athletics told WBZ-TV he could not comment on individual students because of laws protecting their privacy.
Football coach Tim Miller said in an e-mail that he could not comment on individual students but that, “to the best of my knowledge, all 24 starters are in good academic standing and are healthy and ready to play against San Diego on Saturday.”
Neither Casey nor Curry returned messages left for them by WBZ.
Other students said the impacts of the scandal are widely felt on campus. “I feel like everyone knows at least someone who’s been implicated or was in the class and wasn’t implicated,” said junior Tyler Gamble. He said the withdrawal of the basketball team’s stars was disappointing. “We could have been really good this year,” he says.
WBZ-TV’s Lauren Leamanczyk contributed to this report.