In a dramatic display of the importance of what is simply referred to as “The Game,” Yale Senior quarterback Patrick Witt has decided to withdraw his Rhodes Scholarship application in order to participate in the upcoming Harvard vs. Yale matchup this Saturday.
Despite being a finalist for the prestigious international post-graduate award for study at the University of Oxford, Witt informed the Rhodes committee that he would not be able to attend the scholarship interview on November 19 because of a conflict with the 128th installment of one of the greatest rivalries in college football history.
“I will be playing in the Yale-Harvard game this Saturday. I have withdrawn my application for the Rhodes Scholarship. My focus this week is solely on preparing for the Game alongside my teammates and coaches,’’ Witt said in a public statement released by Yale.
Witt is eligible to reapply for a Rhodes Scholarship at any time before his 24th birthday. In recent years, 10 of the 32 scholarship award winners have applied after graduation.