Yale Coach Quits After Rhodes Lie Exposed
Tom Williams was never a Rhodes candidate
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2011 2:35 AM CST
This January 2009 photo shows Tom Williams as he is introduced as the new head coach of the Yale football team during a news conference in New Haven, Conn.   (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

(Newser) – Yale quarterback Patrick Witt made headlines last month when he ditched his Rhodes Scholarship interview to lead his team against Harvard. But his decision was influenced by a fib from coach Tom Williams, the New York Times reports. The coach told Witt that he had been in almost identical circumstances and never regretted choosing football—but it turns out that Williams was never a Rhodes candidate or applicant, let alone a finalist.

Williams resigned yesterday amid a Yale investigation into whether he had lied about being a Rhodes candidate on his résumé. The coach says he was encouraged to apply while at Stanford 20 years ago, but never did so. "I considered the opportunity, sought advice, and was encouraged to apply by faculty members and my coach, Bill Walsh. But I did not apply," he says. Williams also admitted that, contradictory to information on his official Yale biography, he never signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers, but had taken part in a three-day tryout camp.

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Dec 23, 2011 8:06 PM CST
All races lie on their resume's. Its getting to the point where we just assume people are lying unless proved otherwise. But it's sad he didn't take his example more seriously. People will think less of blacks now more than ever.
Dec 23, 2011 9:36 AM CST
Lose three in a row to Harvard and the fibs turn into lies.
Dec 23, 2011 8:45 AM CST
Guys like this give credence to and perpetuate the "dumb jock" image.