Kyle Casey, the senior co-captain of Harvard’s men’s basketball team, will reportedly withdraw from school this year after being implicated in a massive cheating scandal.
Late last month, reports surfaced that over 100 of the school's undergraduate students were being investigated for committing “acts of academic dishonesty, ranging from inappropriate collaboration to outright plagiarism, on a take-home final exam.” According to Sports Illustrated, Casey and at least one more player on the team are being checked out for their role in that scandal.
The exam was for Government 1310: Introduction to Congress, a spring 2012 class with an enrollment of 279. Sources said that Casey, Curry and one additional men's basketball player are among a group of athletes and non-athletes whose cases are pending review. They are facing charges of academic dishonesty that could carry a one-year suspension from school.
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As noted by ESPN, the reason that Casey is apparently withdrawing is because by doing so he maintains his final year of eligibility. Should he stick around and ultimately get charged, he could face a one-year suspension – a punishment that would eat his eligibility time up.
Harvard was seen by most as a favorite to win the Ivy League conference this year. However, in the wake of this latest development, the team’s chances of repeating are now in serious doubt.