Harvard's Wright Named to Wooden Preseason Top 50

Published by Martin Kessler on October 03, 2011 at 3:11AM

Harvard co-captain Keith Wright was named to the Wooden Award preseason top 50 list Monday.

Harvard men’s basketball co-captain Keith Wright was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden award, given to the country’s best player, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced today.

Wright, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, joins the likes of North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, and Kentucky’s Terrence Jones on the preseason list.


Fitzpatrick Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September

Published by Scott A. Sherman on October 01, 2011 at 3:11AM

Harvard alum Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Month yesterday.

Things just keep getting better for Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05.

After leading his Buffalo Bills to a 3-0 start, the former Crimson quarterback has gone from a player little known outside Harvard Yard and upstate New York to a national media darling in a matter of weeks (as an example, if Fitzpatrick’s Google Trends chart were a polygraph, he would have been accused of recently telling more lies than Pinocchio).


LaHaie '02 Runs in Honor of Fallen Crimson Teammate

Published by Shayna Price on September 30, 2011 at 2:27AM

Harvard football alum Eric LaHaie ’02 (in red) is racing in the Sahara in honor of his late teammate and friend, Niall Murphy ’02 (dark blue jacket).

Harvard football alum, Eric LaHaie ’02, has headed to the Sahara Desert to race in honor of his late teammate and friend, Niall Murphy ’02.

LaHaie and Murphy were best friends and both All-Ivy defenders for the Crimson.

Murphy, who was also a hurdler on the track and field team, suffered from diabetes at a young age and passed away suddenly in February due to complications from juvenile diabetes.


Quizzing the Fitz

Published by Brian A. Campos on September 28, 2011 at 3:56AM

Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick '05

Buffalo Bills and former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 has enjoyed quite a bit of attention recently for leading a perennially underachieving team to an unblemished 3-0 record. After Fitzy’s heroics against the Patriots, ESPN named the former Crimson star as the top player in this week’s Cross-Sport Power Rankings.

That was just one of several ESPN features on Fitzpatrick in recent weeks. Another that has grabbed the attention of many (including our very own Greg Mankiw) was an interview with Fitzy during ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown.

Rachel Nichols sat down with Fitzpatrick to talk about what everyone else talks to Fitzpatrick about: what it means to play in the NFL without having come from Auburn, LSU, Florida, etc. Instead of letting this bit be like the hundreds of interviews that discuss how hard it is for a Harvard man to throw a football, the segment added a new twist.

Find out after the jump!


Amaker Nabs Second Commitment

Published by Martin Kessler on September 27, 2011 at 3:11AM

Mike Hall, a senior at Woodward Academy, committed to Harvard Monday evening.

Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker’s fifth recruiting class with the Crimson is beginning to fill up.

Mike Hall, a 6'10 senior at Woodward Academy (Ga.) committed to Harvard this evening, choosing Amaker’s squad over offers from George Mason and Penn—which he stated were his second and third choices, respectively.

Hall, rated an 89 by ESPN and a member of the Rivals.com Top 150, was one of eight highly-touted high school prospects to visit Harvard this past weekend.

“Just the experience I had this weekend [pushed me over the edge],” said Hall, who noted that he had arrived in Cambridge without expecting to make a decision in the near future. “I really enjoyed my experience up there. It just felt like the right fit for me.”