Yale Football Coach Tom Williams Resigns Over Rhodes Scholarship Flap

Remember when Yale football coach Tom Williams talked about being a Rhodes Scholar candidate? Well, the NY Times decided to look into it, and found that Williams was not a Rhodes Scholar candidate. Fast forward one month and … Williams has resigned (read: You ain’t got to go home, but you gotta get the hell up outta here). From the New Heaven Register:

“On the Rhodes Scholarship issue, I was encouraged to apply by the Stanford Fellowship office, which identified me ‘as the kind of student who demonstrates the intellect, energy and commitment that the Rhodes selection committees seek in their applicants.’ I considered the opportunity, sought advice and was encouraged to apply by faculty members and my coach Bill Walsh, but I did not apply.”

“I am extremely proud of my academic, athletic and coaching career. If there was confusion created, I take full responsibility. The timing of this inquiry has been difficult for everyone. At this point I believe it is in the best interest of my student-athletes and Yale University that I step down.”

Williams spent three years at Yale, going 4-6, 7-3 and 5-5. Let this be a lesson, future coaches – exaggeration, in the internet age, is not a good thing.

Previously: Was Yale’s Football Coach Really a Rhodes Scholar Candidate?

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