NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - More than 50 people, including two celebrities and a lawyer from Connecticut, face charges for their suspected involvement in a college bribery scheme.,Investigators said more than 30 wealthy parents, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, Connecticut lawyer Gordon Caplan, and nine coaches were involved.,Among those coaches was a former soccer coach at Yale.,Investigators said Singer mailed former Yale soccer coach Rudy Meredith a check for $400,000.,According to court documents, Singer would take "Yale applicant 1's art portfolio" then "'revise' the materials to 'soccer.'"
Two USC athletic department employees a high-ranking administrator and a legendary head coach were fired Tuesday after being indicted in federal court in Massachusetts for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy that helped students get into elite colleges and universities by falsely designating them as recruited athletes.Senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and mens and womens water polo coach Jovan Vavic were fired after allegedly receiving bribes totaling more than $1.3 million and $250,000, respectively, to help parents take advantage of the relaxed admissions standards for athletes at USC even though their children were not legitimately being recruited as athletes.Former USC womens soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin, who was fired in 2013, and his former assistant coach, Laura Janke, who left the school in 2014, were also named in the indictment for allegedly fabricating athlete profiles for the prospective students.,Khosroshahin and Janke allegedly received payments totaling nearly $350,000 sent to their private soccer club.Federal prosecutors on Tuesday indicted dozens of people including UCLA mens soccer coach Jorge Salcedo and actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in connection with an elaborate scheme aimed at getting students into elite colleges.The scheme centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents allegedly paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools for which they otherwise might not qualify, according to court records.We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC, the university said in a statement.,Donna Heinel and Jovan Vavic have been terminated and the university will take additional employment actions as appropriate.USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme.,Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward.The other athletic departments named in the alleged racketeering conspiracy are Yale, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Stanford, Texas and the University of San Diego.,The indictment states that, by accepting bribes to falsely designate students as recruited athletes, the coaches and administrators were in the violation of the duty of honest services owed to their employers, thereby facilitating the childrens admissions to the universities.Heinel was USC athletics chief administrative officer and senior woman administrator.Vavic led the Trojans water polo teams to a combined 16 national championships and is a 15-time national coach of the year.Vavic was arrested without incident in Hawaii.
In allegations that sent shock waves through academia, federal prosecutors on Tuesday accused top CEOs, two Hollywood actresses and a legendary fashion designer of taking part in an audacious scheme to get their children into elite universities through fraud, bribes and lies.The scheme, which began in 2011, centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and to falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools, including UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown, according to court records.Fifty people, across academia and college sports as well as a cadre of super-wealthy parents, have been charged in what prosecutors say is the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.,Some parents participated in one aspect of the scheme, while others paid for both, stealing slots from hard-working students with legitimate grades and test scores, authorities said.William Rick Singer, who owns the admissions company called the Edge College Career Network, was charged with money laundering, obstruction of justice, racketeering and conspiracy to defraud the United States.,In at least one instance, a student claimed to have a learning disability to obtain medical documentation required by the College Board and ACT Inc. to grant additional time on the tests, according to court documents.Once the students were given additional time, which generally allowed them to take the test over two days instead of one and in an individual setting, the clients were instructed to change the location of the exam to either a public high school in Houston or a private college preparatory school in West Hollywood that Singer controlled, according to the documents.At those locations, prosecutors allege, Singer bribed test administrators Igor Dvorskiy, of Los Angeles, and Lisa Niki Williams, of Houston, with the parents money to facilitate cheating on the exams.,Singer had a psychologist on his team assign fake learning disabilities to give students an academic advantage, the charges say.Coaches and private admissions counselors allegedly received money for helping to get students admitted as athletes at Yale, Stanford and USC.USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and mens and womens water polo coach Jovan Vavic were alleged to have received bribes totaling more than $1.3 million and $250,000, respectively, to help parents take advantage of the relaxed admissions standards for athletes at USC even though their children were not legitimately being recruited as athletes.,It described spending thousands of dollars on trips for dental students to help needy Cambodians and offering math tutoring to underserved children in Oakland.Prosecutors said the charity was nothing more than a means to launder money to an array of people requiring bribes.Our contributions to major athletic university programs may help to provide placement to students that may not have access under normal channels, the organization stated in tax documents.Federal law enforcement began the investigation, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, in May 2018, based on a tip from a confidential source who was being interviewed as part of a separate investigation, said FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta.Make no mistake: This is not a case where parents were acting in the best interests of their children.
West Seneca East’s Vincent Pagliaccio and West Seneca West’s Zachary Walters recently put the finishing touches on their respective winter sports seasons by competing in this past weekend’s indoor track and boys swimming state championship meets.,After winning the 1,000-meter race at the Section VI Championships at Houghton College on Feb. 21 with a season-best time of 2 minutes, 38.23 seconds, Pagliaccio, a junior, went on to place 15th at the state indoor track championships at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.,“With Vinny coming off of a state meet cross country season and the addition of coach Kevin Arnold to the West Seneca East staff, it was the perfect combination for an outstanding winter season,” head indoor track coach Mike Schermerhorn said.,Walters, a senior on the combined district boys swimming team, was also unable to match what had been a record-setting effort at sectionals when he got to states, finishing 59th overall among public school competitors with his time of 54.78 seconds in the 100 butterfly.,Walters, who did help all three of the team’s relays earn top-eight finishes at sectionals for the first time since the East and West programs merged, is looking to continue his competitive swimming career at the next level, but Papke said the location where that will happen hasn’t been solidified as of yet.
GOSHEN — Timothy Hostetler has been named to the inaugural National Football Foundation national high school scholar-athlete class.,The 2018 Fairfield High School graduate is one of 69 honorees from around the county and one of only three from Indiana.,“I was pretty diverse in high school and that seemed to help,” Hostetler said.,“We hope this new honor will become one of the most prestigious local awards that a high school players can receive, and it really brings into focus the phenomenal work that our chapters do in identifying the most outstanding young leaders in their communities.”,The NFF has 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members and impacts 500,000 students-athletes at 5,000 high schools in 47 states each year.
RHINEBECK, N.Y. — District officials are paying close attention to reviews by Section IX that could affect which teams students will be eligible to participate with and the schools Rhinebeck can merge with.,District Athletic Director Steve Boucher said concern has been raised over mergers that have made some teams significantly better.,Boucher said the rules were updated to grant mergers for teams if one district cannot field a full roster but is making an effort to restore or establish the sport.,For sports such as golf and track that have both individual competitions and an overall team result, there would need to be a shortage of players for both districts that would prevent a school from winning the overall competition.,It prohibits the two districts from jointly having mixed squads for events that would involve relays, which Boucher said does unfairly affect athletes who are not part of the full team.
To Captain America, a Boston native, Tom Brady is the goat.,To Paul Pierce, a fellow Boston sports legend, he’s an out of this world talent.,Brady led New England to a 37-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.,The Patriots advanced to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, where they will face the Los Angeles Rams as Brady tries to claim his sixth Lombardi Trophy.
For example, did you know that the 1969 Jamestown High School graduate worked with, was the athletic trainer for or oversaw the rehabilitation of, among others: baseball Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax, Mike Piazza, Gary Carter, Ozzie Smith and Roberto Alomar; NFL Hall-of-Famer Steve Largent; and heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe?,Did you know that Lopriore was a certified athletic trainer with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks (as the rehabilitation director), the New York Mets, the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers organizations?,Beyond his work at the professional level, Lopriore also had extensive college experience, including a four-year stint as the head athletic trainer at the University of New Orleans; and served as co-coordinator of medical services for the 1990 NCAA Southeast Regional men’s basketball tournament at the Superdome.,Between his time in baseball and at the University of Orleans, Lopriore spent five years as the staff trainer at the Kenner Regional Medical Center in Kenner, La.,Lopriore began his career as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Louisiana-Lafayette (1977-79) and returned to the school as an assistant athletic trainer and physical education instructor from 1982-84.
Lacking sufficient students willing and able to pay for costly basketball tickets to fill the new Pauley Pavilion, why should UCLA cough up millions any top-market basketball coach would feel himself to be worth?,How much did it cost UCLA to serve as an uncompensated NBA training camp?My vision of UCLA basketball is somewhat different from Plaschkes: Ticket prices reduced precisely because the coach is not being paid the stellar wage commensurate with a rock star status, and students cheering for actual student-athletes who might go into fields other than pro.,The simple fact is that UCLA does not have someone who knows what he is doing and therein lies UCLAs problem over the past 16 years of Dan Guerreros tenure.Success at the highest level in the two major sports, football and basketball, requires not onlya top-flight coach, but also a top-flight athletic director.,Trump U., for example.Michael JenningVan Nuys::Bill Plaschke, just what was the purpose of your hatchet job description of the UCLA basketball program in your column on New Years Day?,Of course, I was watching the Lady Bruins and their coach, Cori Close.Now that the mens program is looking for someone to take over for coach Alford, perhaps UCLA look no further than its own campus.Mike FeixChino HIlls::For front page news on New Years Day we are offered Bill Plaschkes lament on the failure of basketball at UCLA.
From All-Ireland finals to All-Ireland Leagues, St Patrick's Day to St Patrick's Athletic, David Mahedy has seen it all.,Limerick beat everyone to win the league and almost beat Real Madrid at home; Mahedy's methods were already attracting attention.,Ryan had succeeded the popular Phil Bennis; Ballybrown and Patrickswell weren't exactly bedfellows and, initially, influential figures like Ciaran Carey and Gary Kirby were suspicious of Mahedy's colourful, cosmopolitan background.,And so they did, all winter of '95; the Maguire's Field in UL whereon he now gazes was to the Limerick hurlers what the Crusheen hill was to Clare.,We lost three in a row once but the players didn't understand we were still on target to win the league," Mahedy says.