The Ivy League was founded on a bunch of hoity-toity ideals that include not giving out athletic scholarships and not allowing its football champion to play in the Division I-AA (aka FCS) playoffs.
Turns out the Ivies are just as morally challenged as the rest of college football, though that probably shouldn’t come as a surprise in the same year Joe Paterno went from Last Pure Man in Sport to pariah.
Yale quarterback Patrick Witt made news this November when he was faced with a tough decision: head over to England to interview for the Rhodes Scholarship, or play against Harvard in “The Game,” a rivalry that dates back to 1875. In a move certain to win over Yale alums everywhere, he chose The Game.
As it turns out, it’s no coincidence Witt rhymes with shit, because he’s full of it.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that Witt never had any choice to make. It turns out The Rhodes Trust shot down his interview because he was accused of sexually assaulting a female student in September. The unanswered question is if the Yale administration ignored this fact and still chose to recommend him to the Rhodes committee because they knew good publicity would come out of their star player being a Rhodes candidate. But what university administration would ignore charges of sexual malfeasance when they could be improving their image?
Oh yeah, all of them, apparently.
Witt is no longer enrolled at Yale and has not graduated. But looking at his background, none of these developments are a surprise as he has all the makings of a creepy, spoiled brat.
When he was in high school, Witt’s family went so far as to move from Atlanta to Dallas so he could attend Highland Park High, the powerhouse program that has produced quarterbacks dating all the way from Bobby Layne to Matthew Stafford. When he didn’t win the starting role at Highland Park, he transferred to Wylie High School — his fourth in three years. Sounds like a kid that really has life’s priorities straight.
The best part of the Witt story is that he is not the only liar who has been produced by the Yale program this year.
The Elis departed with coach Tom Williams just a week after the Harvard game when it was revealed that he was also full of shit.
See, Williams claimed to have been a Rhodes finalist on his resume, and that item was played up on his official team biography. Funny thing is it never happened — just as Williams’ claim to have played for the 49ers in 1993 never happened. Like George O’Leary at Notre Dame, his lies finally caught up to him.
Even at the supposed purest level of college football, purity is nowhere to be found.