NYT: Rhodes gives details on Yale athlete, honor

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A newspaper reports that Rhodes Trust officials suggest a Yale University quarterback would have known that his candidacy for the prestigious scholarship was in jeopardy because of a sexual misconduct allegation, contrary to what he has said.

Scholar/athlete Patrick Witt was the subject of media attention last fall when he seemingly faced a tough decision between a Rhodes Scholarship interview and a Yale-Harvard football game, both scheduled for Nov. 19. Witt chose the game and announced Nov. 13 that he had withdrawn his scholarship application.

The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/wQkGjC ) reports that a trust official told Witt on Nov. 3 that the trust knew of the allegation. The paper reports that Yale later told Witt that his finalist status was on hold.

A spokesman for Witt disagrees with the account.