With all but three players returning from the team that snapped Harvard’s 67-year NCAA tournament drought last year, the Crimson have their sights set on another postseason run this March.
But an academic scandal might derail the team’s hopes of repeating as Ivy League champs before they even take the court.
Senior forward Kyle Casey, the team’s leading scorer last season, plans to withdraw from Harvard and will likely miss the entire 2012-13 season after he was implicated in a widespread academic cheating scandal, according to a SI.com report.
The school announced in an Aug. 30 letter published on Boston.com that its administrative board was investigating approximately 125 students enrolled in an Introduction to Congress class who “may have committed acts of academic dishonesty, ranging from inappropriate collaboration to outright plagiarism, on a take-home final exam.”
In an Aug. 31 New York Times story, the test in question was described as “completely open book, open note, open Internet, etc.”
SI.com’s Luke Winn tweeted an update Monday that the father of junior guard and co-captain Brandyn Curry said his son has not yet decided if he with withdraw from school.
Casey, a first-team all-Ivy League selection and co-captain, averaged a team-high 11.4 points and 5.5 rebounds to lead the Crimson to a 26-5 record. Harvard fell to Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 79-70.
By withdrawing ahead of Tuesday’s fall registration deadline, Casey could salvage his final year of eligibility, according to the report. He is still facing a charged of acadamic dishonesty that could result in a one-year suspension from Harvard.
The Harvard Crimson newspaper reported Monday that the football team is also preparing to lose multiple players who were also implicated in the scandal.
Read Winn’s full report here.