Posted by Pokey on March 14, 2019 at 10:31:43:
In Reply to: Re: National College Admissions Scandal posted by Fan of Sports on March 12, 2019 at 15:57:21:
: : : : Just saw the news making headlines today. FBI has arrested and charged several people in a nationwide scandal and fraud investigation in which some college coaches were accepting bribes in return for authorizing/approving students as being "athletic recruits" when in fact, the incoming students never played a day in that sport. The FBI also exposed wealthy parents giving "donations" to the college(s) so their kids can get in. Additionally, they found that parents were paying for someone to take their kids SAT test and at times, hired this company to change SAT scores. The "donations" part doesnt shock me. It has been going on for decades. But, for a college coach to be involved and risking everything for money. is sad and surprising. If you were a college athletic head coach, would you risk everything for $50-100K?
: : : : We are talking about "elite" schools.
: : : Clearly its wrong, but we should all be aware that coaches do a lot of underhand stuff in football and basketball. The difference is 50-100k for these less paid coaching positions makes a big deal to them. Lets take rowing for example, they never hit their scholarship limit so giving an extra one or 2 doesnt affect the roster and they know the school can afford it. Its almost a way of increasing their salary.
: : The coaches don't give the students in these cases scholarships.
: : At most schools, each team is given a certain number of "slots" for players, either scholarship or not.
: : What is happening in the cases talked about today, a coach, usually of a non-revenue sport (soccer, sailing, water polo, etc.) would say that Johnny Smith is going to be on the team, but not give a scholarship. Thus they are a "recruited athlete" that can use one of the "slots" allowed.
: : This allows teams with limited scholarships to bring in athletes to fill out their teams. Their application then gets processed as an athlete, where the admission standards are usually less than normal (to varying degrees by school and sport).
: : Because they are usually in minor sports (rowing, sailing, etc.), it usually just went under the radar.
: : I think this is going to blow up to an even bigger story in the weeks and months ahead.
: I agree - i suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg - from what im reading, LOTS of money exchanged hands in regards to this. The ex-Georgetown tennis coach apparently made 2 million plus in conjunction with this.
And he should be going to prison. The prisoners might teach him a new way to volley his body between them.
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