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Posted on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 : 11:35 a.m.

Tommy Amaker story at center of spat between and New York Times reporters

By Staff


Two reporters have exchanged barbs over a story about Tommy Amaker on

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Harvard has graduated to another hoops dimension.

So says reporter Pablo S. Torre, who wrote a glowing feature about the Crimson, Tommy Amaker and all-American guard Jeremy Lin for this week.

Torre, who happens to be a 2007 Harvard grad, writes that Lin is "driving the unlikeliest revival in college basketball." He dismisses a March 2008 New York Times investigation into Amaker's recruiting tactics, noting the Ivy League cleared the school of wrongdoing.

Not so fast, says Pete Thamel, who authored the New York Times report.

On his Twitter feed, Thamel says Torre "broke out the pom poms for Harvard" and glossed over the actual results of the report.

Torre responds that Harvard was "totally cleared."

Thamel then questions whether Torre ever bothered to review the report and concludes a back-and-forth Twitter furor with the Tweet: "You gave a warm fuzzy hug to your alma mater. I am reminding folks of the reality. Pretty simple."

Follow the feud at @PeteThamelNYT and @sipablotorre.

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