Read Joshua Robinson's story about Brian Cusworth, a 7 foot center on Harvard's basketball team. Brian was a slow-to-develop player who has come good, and may now have professional options in Europe. But he suffered some injuries early in his career and withdrew from college for a semester. The Ivy League allows an injured player to "seek permission to play during a fifth year if there is a compelling academic reason to stay. At Harvard, however, students have only eight semesters to earn their degrees..."
The result: Cusworth, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, will play his last game on Jan. 12, just two games into the Ivy League's conference schedule. If he were not enrolled this fall, rules dictate that he couldn't practice with the team, rendering him less valuable for the spring. But if he is enrolled this semester he must graduate this semester to earn the Harvard degree, which he will, thereby ending his college basketball career. If Brian was at Clemson, we could drop him into a goofy graduate program and the media would gush over the graduate-student-athlete, the commitment to academics on display, blah blah blah. But at Harvard, apparently, the game be damned: graduate and get outta here!