Harvard University. Maybe you've heard of it. That New England party school with almost no academic standards and a win-at-all costs athletic department. You know, the one the Massholes are reduced to attending when they miss the application deadline for Fitchburg State. The go-to option for those who don't want to be saddled with mountains of debt for the privilege of obtaining a degree that says Bridgewater on it. Yep. That Harvard. You would have gone there if you absolutely had to. I'll bet it was your safety school.
A couple of weeks back, Harvard announced that it was investigating whether as many as 125 undergrads "committed acts of academic dishonesty" during a spring 2012 "Introduction to Congress" course, which just sounds so much like a Harvard-y blowoff class. The world yawned because, well, it's Harvard, and it's what we've come to expect from a diploma mill like that. We also knew it was only a matter of time before the Crimson's renegade sports programs were somehow connected to all this, too.
And ... presto! Yesterday, an unidentified football player told the Harvard Crimson that "a few players" could be involved in the cheating scandal. Then came a Sports Illustrated report that said Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey, the two senior co-captains on the men's basketball team—the defending Ivy League champs, of course—also allegedly had ties to the rogue class. Casey has already decided to withdraw from Harvard, while Curry had not yet decided what to do. Withdrawing now does seem to provide a bit of wiggle room, though.
According to sources, Casey had the option of enrolling for the fall 2012 semester and fighting the allegations, but risked losing his final season of Ivy League eligibility if the administrative board did not rule in his favor. By withdrawing for two semesters, the all-Ivy League forward is leaving the door open for re-admission to Harvard—and a return to the basketball team—in 2013-14 once his case is settled.
See that? Whatever it takes to stay eligible. Find the loophole. Winning is everything. It's the Harvard way.