Tom Williams resigned as Yale’s football coach yesterday amid a university investigation into whether he lied on his résumé about being a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship while a student at Stanford.
The Ivy League school said the resignation will take effect on Dec. 31.
Williams took over at Yale in 2009 and listed himself as a Rhodes candidate on his résumé. He was referred to as a finalist when Bulldogs quarterback Patrick Witt had to decide if he would go for his Rhodes interview as a finalist or play against Harvard this fall.
The university began an investigation in November after The New York Times reported officials of the Rhodes Trust said they had no records of Williams applying for the fellowship when he graduated from Stanford in 1992.
Williams said yesterday he was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by Stanford’s fellowship office but acknowledged he never did.
“I considered the opportunity, sought advice and was encouraged to apply by faculty members and my coach Bill Walsh, but I did not apply,’’ he said.
Williams’s biography on the Yale football website also mentions that he played for the San Francisco 49ers practice squad in 1993. In his statement, Williams also said he never signed a contract with that team.
“During the spring of my senior year, I was given an opportunity to attend a tryout camp with the San Francisco 49ers, and I participated in that three-day event. I did not sign a free agent contract with the 49ers or participate in their summer training camp for signed players,’’ he said.
Williams was 16-14 at Yale and 5-5 in 2011. But he also was 0-3 against archrival Harvard.
Griffin named top player
Robert Griffin III was named AP player of the year, adding another award to his impressive postseason haul. The Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor won in a landslide over Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Griffin received 43 votes from the AP poll panel. Luck was second with seven votes. Griffin guided Baylor to a 9-3 season, passing for 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns. The first Heisman winner from Baylor also becomes the first Baylor player to win the AP player of the year award, which has been given out since 1998. Griffin also won the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback.
Horned Frogs roll in Poinsettia
Casey Pachall highlighted a record-setting game with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Skye Dawson with 4:26 left to lift No. 16 TCU to a 31-24 victory against Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl last night in San Diego. It was the eighth straight victory for Mountain West Conference champion TCU (11-2), which is moving to the Big 12 next year. It was the third time this season the Horned Frogs overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win. Pachall was 15 of 29 for 206 yards. He set school season records with 228 completions and 2,921 yards, breaking marks set by Andy Dalton. Western Athletic Conference champion Louisiana Tech (8-5) had its seven-game winning streak snapped hours after coach Sonny Dykes agreed to a contract extension through 2017 . . . Florida State running back Jermaine Thomas has been declared academically ineligible for the Champs Sports Bowl Dec. 29 against Notre Dame . . . Nebraska center Mike Caputo will be charged with reckless driving rather than drunken driving in connection with his Dec. 11 arrest, authorities in Lincoln, Neb., said. His arraignment is scheduled for today . . . Boston College linebacker Donnie Fletcher is expected to be invited to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Jan. 28 . . . Mike Dawson resigned as BC’s special teams coach to pursue opportunities outside of football . . . A person with knowledge of the decision told the AP Tony Levine will be named Houston’s coach. Levin, who will replace Kevin Sumlin, who took the Texas A&M job, had been a Houston assistant . . . As expected, Hawaii named Norm Chow head coach. Chow replaces the recently retired Greg McMackin . . . North Carolina interim coach Everett Withers confirmed he is heading to Ohio State to become Urban Meyer’s co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
Mark Blaudschun of the Globe staff contributed to this report.