Harvard University basketball star Kyle Casey is voluntarily withdrawing from school for the year and will miss the entire season because he is one of about 125 students suspected of cheating on a take-home final exam, according to a person with direct knowledge of Casey’s decision.
Casey, a senior cocaptain and the team’s leading scorer, is not the only prominent athlete to be touched by the cheating scandal. Fellow cocaptain Brandyn Curry is also expected to leave, according to SI.com.
The players are not necessarily withdrawing because they are guilty. They are making a strategic decision, leaving before playing any games to ensure that they will have NCAA eligibility next year. If they were to stay and then be found guilty, they could be kicked out midseason, costing a full year of eligibility.
Other Harvard athletes who took last spring’s “Introduction to Congress” course — widely reputed to be an easy class compatible with intense sports schedules — are probably weighing the same scenarios.
As many as half of the 125 students now under scrutiny play varsity sports, according to a student athlete who is implicated, and who said he was basing his estimate on information from his resident dean.
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