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Tom Williams resigned as Yale’s football coach Wednesday amid a university investigation into whether he lied on his resume about being a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship while a student at Stanford.
Williams took over at Yale in 2009 and listed himself as a Rhodes candidate on his resume. The story entered the spotlight when Bulldogs quarterback Patrick Witt had to decide if he would go for his Rhodes interview as a finalist or play against Harvard this fall.
Witt chose to play in the game. Yale lost 45-7.
His coach said he faced a similar dilemma: chosing between a Rhodes Scholarship or a pro football career. But The New York Times reported that officials of the Rhodes Trust said they had no records of Williams applying for the fellowship when he graduated from Stanford in 1992.
Williams said in a statement Wednesday he was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by Stanford’s fellowship office but acknowledged he never did.
“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 said.