Multiple D-1 Coaches Indicted for Alleged Bribes in College Admissions Scandal

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2019

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Over forty people, including some college coaches, were indicted Tuesday for allegedly "getting students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities, and helping potential students cheat on their college exams."

According to Eric Levenson and Mark Morales of CNN, individuals from Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest, Yale and more schools are alleged to be involved in the scheme.

Per Levenson and Morales, the indictment states "a third party took the ACT and SAT college entrance exams in place of students. The documents also allege that some defendants created fake athletic profiles for students to make them appear to be successful athletes and get them into college."

The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach provided an excerpt from an ABC News report featuring allegations that college coaches took bribes as part of the scheme:

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Joey Garrison and Maria Puente of USA Today noted that nine college coaches were charged as part of the indictment.

Per Aaron Katersky and Bill Hutchinson of ABC News, actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin are among those who have been charged. Those who were indicted are alleged to have paid up to $6 million in bribes to get their children admitted into colleges.

The indictment alleges the activity began in 2011:

"Beginning in or about 2011, and continuing through the present, the defendants -- principally individuals whose high-school age children were applying to college -- conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission to colleges and universities in the District of Massachusetts and elsewhere, including Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of Southern California."

NBC News noted that the FBI recorded phone calls that allegedly implicated the Huffman and Loughlin, who have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

As part of the indictment, Loughlin is alleged to have paid $500,000 in bribes to to have her two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team despite the fact that they do not participate in crew.

According to reports, it is believed that the schools and students were unaware of the alleged bribery.

Names of the Division-I coaches who have been indicted have yet to be released.