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Tuesday News:

Princeton is back on campus, and as you can see from the above video, very thankful to those who made their Spain trip possible.

Georgetown expects to be quite good this season.

Northwestern's John Shurna signed a one year deal with the Knicks.

A guard from New Jersey has selected Oregon State.

Will Venable drove in three for San Diego in yesterday's victory over St. Louis. The Padres have won 14 of their last 18 games.

The landscape of both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Ivy League men's basketball seasons have potentially changed significantly with the news that Harvard co-captain and top returning scorer Kyle Casey will withdraw from school for a year after being embroiled in an academic cheating scandal. Fellow co-captain Brandyn Curry has also been implicated but has yet to make a decision on his future.

TigerHeel said,

September 11, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

Wow. Casey's and (possibly) Curry's withdrawal does chance the landscape for the next two seasons. In the near term, I suspect that it would mean that the Tigers are now favorites to win the Ivies, and that Hummer is the favorite for Ivy Player of the Year.

Jon Solomon said,

September 11, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

A Boston Herald reporter is saying Curry will also leave school immediately.

Adam Fox said,

September 11, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

This is unreal.

I've always hated Harvard, hated what Amaker has done to the recruiting standards I guess I'm not completely surprised.

I think we seriously outsize them now...Hummer/Connolly etc should have a field day playing them without Casey in his face.

Jon Solomon said,

September 11, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

In my mind Curry is a bigger potential loss than Casey. Harvard has some underclassmen who can do what Casey did. Less so Curry.

Will be interesting to see if either tries to come back in 2013-14 and how that all plays out. The Crimson could be loaded then or find themselves working in a completely different landscape.

Never a dull offseason!


Daniel Maass said,

September 11, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

Setting aside the long term implications of this (of which there are many), the impact to the 2012-2013 season is enormous.

Harvard now has only one player taller than 6'6'' who averaged more than 2 minutes a game last season (that's Steve Moudou-Missi at 6'7''). Ian Hummer at 6'7'' is below the median height on the Princeton team. That's ridiculous.

Moreover Harvard has lost its starting point guard and BOTH co-captains. Harvard will now be returning only 1 starter next year on a team that I'm sure will be highly demoralized.

I assume that we have to be the favorites now!

George Clark said,

September 12, 2012 @ 5:04 am

The episode will undoubtedly result in changes to the testing protocols in some of these large survey courses. The implications for the application of the AI in the athletic recruiting process are far less clear. Curry has been named twice to the All-Ivy Academic team, suggesting that he has been relatively serious in pursuing his academic goals. If marginal admittees (those who might not qualify but for the AI prefrence) are not performing academically the backlash may be fierce. A notorious public relations disaster (125 Harvard Students In Cheating Scandal) will not go away quickly or easily. The response by the institution will reflect how firmly the athletic department is in conrol of its own affairs. The loss of two quality players, co-captains no less, has to hurt. But it would be much worse for Amaker if it happened on the eve of the Ivy campaign. We know the talent pool is very deep. We know first hand what a young team can do to overcome a difficult start. The Crimson have a long time and many games to put the pieces together. I expect the to be very much in the thick of it come March.

Steven Postrel said,

September 13, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

The Harvard scandal really isn't about athletics or basketball, since hardly any of the 100+ students implicated were athletes. This is nothing like the astounding UNC scandal that the NCAA appears to have covered up as best it could.

Jon Solomon said,

September 13, 2012 @ 8:25 pm


Agreed. However, it has been reported that closer to 50% of the Harvard students implicated were athletes.


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