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Yale QB forgoes Rhodes Scholarship to play Harvard game

The match up between Yale and Harvard is known to its fans as simply “The Game,” but Yale quarterback Patrick Witt had a tough choice to make when his Rhodes Scholar interview fell on the same day.

The interview was scheduled to take place at Emroy University in Atlanta, Georgia, where Witt is from, Saturday morning, which meant Witt would miss the noon kickoff.

While Witt asked if his interview could be rescheduled,  Elliot Gerson, the American Secretary for the Rhodes Trust told ESPN.com, “We have candidates every year miss games for the interview, the Rhodes Scholarship is an academic award, and is not an award for ‘scholar-athletes,’ despite some popular perception of it in that explicit light.”

Now, the Ivy League senior has decied to forgo his interview to play in the game. “I will be playing in the Yale-Harvard game this Saturday,” Witt said in a press release. “My focus this week is solely on preparing for The Game alongside my teammates and coaches.”

Witt would have been one of 12-16 finalists in the Atlanta region (where he is from) competing for two scholarship awards, but the 22-year old still has two more years of eligibility to apply for the scholarship. Good luck to the Bulldogs this weekend!

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Ashton Kutcher done tweeting after Joe Paterno controversial Tweet

The man who helped make Twitter famous has decided to stop tweeting. While Joe Paterno and the Penn State sexual abuse scandal has dominated headlines, apparently Ashton Kutcher doesn’t read the news. Upon hearing that the legendary coach was fired, Kutcher tweeted,
“How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.:

Moments later hashtags #ThingsAshtonKutcherdoesntknow and #AshtonKutcherisanidiot began trending, and the Two and a Half Men star admitted he was not familiar with the story.

Kutcher defended his mistake, “As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case,” Kutcher tweeted.

Ironically, Kutcher and wife Demi Moore founded the DNA Foundation, which fights child sex slavery. Still, after the back lash of his Tweets, @Aplusk revealed in a blog post he will no longer be tweeting.

“I feel responsible for delivering an informed opinion and not spreading gossip or rumors through my Twitter feed,” Kutcher wrote in a blog post entitled “Twitter Management” on Thursday. “While I feel that running this feed myself gives me a closer relationship to my friends and fans, I’ve come to realize that it has grown into more [than] a fun tool to communicate with people.”

Reiterating that he’s “truely (sic) sorry if I offended anyone,” Kutcher explains although he will still post 140-character updates, he is turning the management of the feed over to his team at Katalyst Media “to ensure the quality of its content.”

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NIU football player kicking Toledo tuba player

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Notre Dame tells high school they can’t use Fighting Irish mascot

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have picked a fight with  Kansas High School for using their mascot. Chapman Highschool has been using the Fighting Irish mascot since 1967, until the university sent them a cease and desist letter threatening legal action.

Chapman high principal Kevin Suther said, “Well when you get a letter from Notre Dame it gets your attention… For anything like stationary and school uniforms as long as its Chapman Fighting Irish, we are still the Fighting Irish.”

Chapman is still allowed to be the Fighting Irish but must change their mascot to be different than the Notre Dame leprechaun. The high school is used to change in the summer of 2008, the high school and town was destroyed by a tornado.

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