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Harvard men’s soccer team season canceled over lewd document

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Harvard has canceled the remainder of their men’s soccer season after an investigation into lewd documents produced in regards to the women’s team on campus.

The players reportedly had an open Google group that gave explicit “scouting reports” on women’s players and recruits, and that this was an ongoing practice dating back to 2012.

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The Harvard men were having an exceptional season, going 1oW-3L-2T and boasting an unbeaten conference record. Their only losses were to Cal, Stanford, and Seattle.

Now the Harvard men will be forfeiting their remaining games and any shot at NCAA Tournament play.

From The Crimson:

Athletics Director Robert L. Scalise wrote in an email to Harvard student athletes that he decided to cancel the rest of the team’s season because the “practice appears to be more widespread across the team and has continued beyond 2012, including in 2016.”


“Harvard Athletics has zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” Scalise added.

In a statement Thursday evening, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana wrote that he was “saddened and disappointed to learn that the extremely offensive ‘scouting report’ produced by the 2012 men’s soccer team continued through the current season.”

It’s a lesson the players won’t soon forget, and should set some sort of precedent in terms of speaking up when something untoward is going on.

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