Harvard basketball star Kyle Casey will leave the university due to his involvement in a cheating scandal.
Casey will withdraw from school instead of enrolling for the fall semester and attempting to fight the charges, according to a report from Luke Winn of SportsIllustrated.com. Winn notes that Casey would lose his final year of eligibility if any action to clear his name failed.
Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay Harris wrote a letter to the student body regarding the incident and said, via Boston.com:
The College Administrative Board is currently reviewing allegations that students in one spring class may have committed acts of academic dishonesty, ranging from inappropriate collaboration to outright plagiarism, on a take-home final exam.
Winn notes that the spring class was Government 1310: Introduction to Congress, and that guard Brandyn Curry "has also been implicated in the scandal."
Harvard is coming off a 26-5 season in which they went 12-2 in Ivy League games to win the conference for the first time in school history. The Crimson went to the NCAA tournament as a No. 12 seed and lost 79-70 to Vanderbilt in the first round.
Both Casey and Curry played instrumental roles in the team’s success. Casey was the team’s leading scorer with 11.4 points per game. The 6’7” forward shot 51.2 percent from the floor and grabbed 5.5 rebounds per game.
Curry played 30.3 minutes per game for Harvard, making him coach Tommy Amaker’s second-most used player last season. The 6’1” guard led the team with 4.9 assists per game while also scoring 7.9 points per game.
Winn notes that Curry has not made a decision on whether or not he will follow Casey and withdraw from school.
The two players were set to be senior co-captains this season.