Harvard soccer team is suspended for season after ‘scouting report’ on women – CBSSports.com
The Harvard men’s soccer team’s season, one with high hopes of winning a title, is done. The University’s Office of General Counsel conducted a review that found that the collegiate team continually produced sexually explicit documents which rated women and decided to cancel the rest of the season, per The Harvard Crimson.
In 2012, according to The Harvard Crimson, a review was conducted concerning documents from that year’s team. The team reportedly produced a report on the freshman from the women’s team, rating them based on their perceived sexual appeal. As the review found that the team continued to do this through this year, it said goodbye to the team’s season, handing down a strong punishment with two games left in the regular season.
“As a direct result of what Harvard Athletics has learned, we have decided to cancel the remainder of the 2016 men’s soccer season,” Harvard Athletics Director Robert Scalise wrote. “The team will forfeit its remaining games and will decline any opportunity to achieve an Ivy League championship or to participate in the NCAA Tournament this year.”
The players, part of a nationally ranked squad that was No. 18 in the national poll this week, were reportedly not forthcoming about their involvement in the reports, which were found online.
“The decision to cancel a season is serious and consequential, and reflects Harvard’s view that both the team’s behavior and the failure to be forthcoming when initially questioned are completely unacceptable, have no place at Harvard, and run counter to the mutual respect that is a core value of our community,” Harvard President Drew Faust wrote in a statement.
Harvard has a 10-3-2 record and was set to play Columbia on Saturday. The team was in first place in the Ivy League before the suspension and likely headed to the NCAA Tournament.