Daily Debriefing

by Blaze Joel | 11/28/11 11:00pm

The causes of the Nov. 19 car crash during the Harvard-Yale football game tailgate are still under investigation by the New Haven Police Department, the Yale Daily News reported Monday. A U-Haul carrying kegs of beer and driven by a member of the Yale class of 2013 swerved off path, killing one person and injuring two others during the tailgate. The legal repercussions for the driver, Brendan Ross, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, are still uncertain, as Ross passed a sobriety test shortly after the crash, according to the News. Ross and his defense attorney claim that the crash occurred due to a vehicle malfunction. The U-Haul vehicle is being held by the police until tests determine the validity of this claim. If a vehicle malfunction can be proved, Ross' legal culpability may be lessened and the U-Haul company may be liable, the News reported.

Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine was fired on Sunday after new evidence emerged relating to accusations that Fine molested ball boys, Inside Higher Ed reported. In the wake of the similar scandal that unfolded at Pennsylvania State University in which football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was fired for allegedly sexually abusing children, more victims alleging that Fine molested them have come forward. ESPN aired an audio file on Sunday of Fine's wife verbally acknowledging that she knew of her husband's abuse of one of the ball boys. Fine was first investigated on sexual abuse charges in 2005, but there was insufficient evidence to warrant any action by the university, according to basketball head coach Jim Boeheim. In his most recent statement, Boeheim denied all knowledge of the molestations and expressed support for the university's decision to fire Fine, Inside Higher Ed reported.

An additional 13 students have been arrested in Nassau County, N.Y., as part of an SAT test-taking scandal, The New York Times reported. In the past two months, 20 students including several students who are now in college have been arrested for fraudulently taking the SATs and ACTs on behalf of other students or paying for test-takers. Sam Eshaghoff is accused of accepting up to $3,500 per test in exchange for impersonating five boys and one girl in order to take their standardized tests. The most recent string of arrests includes three test-takers and eight students who asked others to take the tests. The New York State Senate is pressuring the Educational Testing Service the sub-division of the College Board that administers the SAT to adopt a stricter policy against cheating, according to The Times.