Yale basketball player leaves team to join Whiffenpoofs glee club

(Associated Press) (Associated Press)

Brandon Sherrod started 14 games last season for Yale, averaging 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who lost to Murray State in the Collegeinsider.com Tournament championship game and are expected to be an Ivy League contender next season.

And Sherrod, a 6-foot-6 forward, won’t be there, because he’s going to join the Whiffenpoofs, the school’s famous male a cappella singing group.

Take it away, Associated Press:

The group, formed in 1909, is comprised of rising seniors who take a year off school to travel the world and perform. Their alumni include composer Cole Porter, former Senator Prescott Bush and many other Yale luminaries.

Sherrod, who grew up playing basketball in Bridgeport and singing in his church choir, said Monday that he spent weeks making what was an extremely tough choice after being tapped to be a “Whiff,” a commitment that begins in August.

Sherrod will have one year of eligibility when he gets back from his tour. Yale Coach James Jones says that, while he’s disappointed not to have Sherrod on the roster, he understands what the opportunity represents.

“That’s one of the things we talk about when we recruit kids is what is available at Yale and the different opportunities their going to have,” he told the Associated Press. “Brandon’s going to take advantage of one of them, and I understand.”

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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