A month prior to the Rottenberg article, the Daily Pennsylvanian published an article in its joke issue that explained how College junior Ramon Joseph Carazo and Wharton senior Geoffrey Charles Strum had been dismissed from the team because of “academic issues.” Strum and Carazo were both model students as members of Phi Kappa Beta, a junior honor society.1 In other words, their alleged academic ineligibility was implausible and could only be interpreted as humorous. The Daily Pennsylvanian’s portrayal of the academic excellence of the team was not without strong evidence. In addition to Strum and Carazo, Wideman and College junior Andrew Phillip Buckley were members of Phi Kappa Beta during their respective junior years.
Based on their academic successes, several members of the team even went on to attend Penn professional schools. Robert Lewis Purdy, a senior in the School of Allied Medical Professions, graduated from the Penn Dental School in 1967.2 Ed Anderson, a College sophomore, would later attend the Penn Medical School, graduating in 1969. Wharton junior Bruce Edward Moore would continue his business studies receiving a Master of Science in Accounting in 1966. Without question, the members of the 1963 team belonged at Penn regardless of basketball talent.
2. The School of Allied Medical Professions was founded in 1950 and discontinued in 1982. The school offered undergraduate degrees in three disciplines – Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Medical Technology, providing “the medically-oriented student an unmatched opportunity to combine professional training with an active campus life…”