May 12, 2014
A Cappella Yale Decision: Whiffenpoofs Over Varsity Basketball for a Season
The Whiffenpoofs of 2013 on set at Paramount Studios with the cast of "Glee", after filming for the finale of Season Four.
After finishing in second place in the Ivy League last season, the Yale men’s basketball team appears poised to make a run at their first NCAA tournament berth since 1962.
But the Bulldogs will have to do it without forward Brandon Sherrod. Faced with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, he decided to take a year off from basketball.
Sherrod was one of 14 Yale juniors selected to join the Whiffenpoofs, an all-male a cappella group that has been traveling the world singing since 1909. The Whiffenpoofs are scheduled to sing on every continent except Antarctica next year.
“I’m hoping we sing there, too,” Sherrod said.
“It was an incredibly hard decision,” he said. “But basketball is not my life. I have a lot of other interests and music is one of them.”
It is more than just a hobby. Music has been one of Sherrod’s passions for most of his life. He taught himself to play several instruments and has been a fixture in his church choir for years.
Since joining the group is a year-long commitment, Sherrod and the rest of the Whiffs will not enroll in Yale next year. The native of Bridgeport has worked with the school’s compliance office and has been assured by the NCAA that he will be allowed to return to Yale the following year and have his final year of eligibility remaining.