Yale football coach investigated for Rhodes Scholar claims

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From NBC Connecticut:

Yale is investigating claims by football coach Tom Williams that he was a candidate for a Rhodes scholarship at Stanford nearly 20 years ago.

The school began an investigation Thursday, a day after the New York Times reported that officials form the Rhodes Trust said they had no record of Williams applying for the scholarship when he graduated from Stanford in 1992.

Williams referred to himself as a Rhodes candidate on his resume, the Times reported.

The issue came to light recently as Yale quarterback Patrick Witt was forced to make a decision between playing in Saturday’s game against Harvard, or traveling to Atlanta for a Rhodes scholarship interview. Witt decided to play in “The Game,” forgoing a chance at being a Rhodes scholarship.

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Williams made statements that he once had to make a similar decision, choosing to attend a mini-camp for the San Francisco 49ers instead of going to an interview as a Rhodes candidate.

According to the New York Times, Williams tried to clarify his statements on Wednesday.

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