This is big news to people who follow the Ivy League, as you may remember that Harvard was originally cleared of any wrongdoing by the league during its initial investigation in 2008.
The investigation was launched after the New York Times reported on some recruiting tactics that may have violated NCAA and Ivy League recruiting rules. Those tactics included potential attempts to skirt the Ivy League's Academic Index rules on recruits' academic profiles, and visits to prospective Harvard recruits by current Crimson assistant coach Kenny Blakeney before he was hired by the program.
The former issue was rendered irrelevant when the recruits in question did not enroll at the school. Most notable among those players is Frank Ben-Eze, who ended up at Davidson.
But the Blakeney issue was never fully resolved in the eyes of many observers, myself included. Although the Ivy League's original conclusion in 2008 stated that no violations had occured, the Times story made a pretty clear inference that Blakeney had tried to influence potential Harvard recruits before he became an employee of the basketball program.
Friday, July 2, 2010
More on Harvard Recruiting Violations
Jon Tannenwald of Philly.com responds to the news of Harvard Basketball's NCAA recruiting violations. Tannenwald writes: