Nearly one third of Army's football team reportedly participated in West Point cheating scandal
Ahead of the Liberty Bowl matchup with West Virginia on Thursday, Army is dealing with an academic cheating scandal across West Point.
Nearly one-third of the football team, 24 players, are involved in the scandal, which USA TODAY reported is the worst academic cheating scandal at West Point in 45 years. In all, 55 of the 73 cadets accused of cheating on a calculus final exam in May are athletes, including 17 who remain on the football team, USA TODAY reported.
At issue is a May final exam in calculus, and of the cadets involved, 17 remain on the football team, USA TODAY reported.
A few have played in football games this season after having been accused of cheating. Some of those players could dress and play in the Liberty Bowl on Thursday, according to Army Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt, a West Point spokesman.
They’re allowed to play because West Point’s superintendent in October suspended a policy that limited or prevented cadets found in violation of the academy’s honor code from representing the academy in public, including athletes at sports events. That is because the policy is an inequitable application of consequences.
“We didn’t cancel the punishment,” Army Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt, a West Point spokesman, said. “We delayed it until final adjudication.”