NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Yale University went to Harvard to find its new football coach.
Tony Reno, who served as an assistant for the Crimson for the past three seasons, was introduced Thursday afternoon as the Bulldogs new coach, ending a turbulent process that began with the resignation of Tom Williams over embellishments to his resume.
Reno, 37, was the third coach reported to be in line for the job. UConn defensive coordinator Don Brown took himself out of consideration on Monday, after several media outlets reported he would be offered the position.
On Wednesday night, Georgetown coach Kevin Kelly did the same thing.
Reno coached the defensive backs and special teams at Harvard. He had previously been a defensive back coach at Yale.
"We are coming off of our best season since I've been here and with a tremendous group of young men returning, I look forward to continuing to build this program and compete for a Patriot League Championship in 2012," Kelly said in a statement.
The New Haven Register, citing Yale sources, reported Wednesday night that Lehigh offensive coordinator Dave Cecchini would be hired, but later retracted that story.
Instead, the job goes to Reno, who coached the defensive backs at Yale for four seasons before taking on similar duties at Harvard, where he coached the corners and safeties and also served as special teams coordinator.
He will replace Williams, who resigned after acknowledging that he was never, as he had previously claimed, been a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship.
The university began an investigation in November after The New York Times reported officials of the Rhodes Trust said they had no records of Williams applying for the fellowship when he graduated from Stanford in 1992.
Williams said in a statement announcing his resignation that he was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by Stanford's fellowship office but acknowledged he never did. Williams' biography on the Yale football website also mentioned that he played for the San Francisco 49ers practice squad in 1993. In his statement, Williams also said he never signed a contract with that team.
Williams was 16-14 at Yale and 5-5 in 2011. But he also was 0-3 against archrival Harvard.