Cheating Scandal Could Cost Harvard Its Leading Scorer

Mar 14, 2012; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Harvard Crimson guard Oliver McNally and forwards Kyle Casey and Keith Wright at a news conference during practice for the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Pit. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

A academic cheating scandal could force Harvard men's basketball star Kyle Casey to miss the 2012-13 season.

The Harvard Crimson men's basketball program could be without its leading scorer from the 2012-13 season, as forward Kyle Casey has been implicated in a cheating scandal that is expected to force the senior co-captain to withdraw from school, SI.com's Luke Winn reported Monday. Casey, along with about 125 other students, are being investigated by Harvard College for "acts of academic dishonesty".

Winn's report says one other Harvard men's basketball player -- the name was not given -- could be involved in the scandal, which involves a take-home final exam in a Government 1310: Introduction to Congress class given this past spring semester.

The decision to withdraw will cost the All-Ivy League player eligibility to play this season but could preserve him a season in the future, Winn explains:

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, Casey 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.

Casey is former two-star recruit from Medway, Mass.

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