Liam O'Hagan '08, pictured here with Harvard football head coach Tim Murphy during last November's triple overtime win over Yale, has been suspended for the first five games of the 2006 season.
NEW HAVEN—Harvard football head coach Tim Murphy announced yesterday
that junior quarterback Liam O’Hagan, last year’s starter, has been
suspended for the first five games of the 2006 season.
But the pollsters don’t seem to mind—or didn’t realize; they named Harvard their top pick to win the Ivy League this year.
yesterday’s Ivy League Media Day at Yale University’s golf course in
New Haven, Murphy said that O’Hagan’s suspension was due to an
unspecified violation of team rules and that the offensive reins will
be handed off to untested classmate Chris Pizzotti.
bottom line is that Liam O’Hagan has been suspended for the first five
games for a violation of team rules,” Murphy said. “It’s not a legal
issue, it’s not a public issue, so in that case it’s a private team
This latest imbroglio comes on the heels of the
controversy surrounding former captain Matthew C. Thomas—suspended
indefinitely back in June—who Murphy indicated will not suit up at all
for the Crimson in 2006. Senior Ryan Tully has replaced Thomas as the
133rd captain of Harvard football.
Thomas has been charged
with assault and battery, breaking and entering, and destruction of
property relating to a June 5 incident in his ex-girlfriend’s Currier
In a preseason media poll released yesterday,
Harvard received nine of 16 first-place votes. That gave it a
comfortable margin over perennial favorite Penn and defending champion
Brown, predicted to place second and third respectively.
—Staff writer Jonathan Lehman can be reached email@example.com.