Feds allege coaches bribed for school admission

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  1. psyclone

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    http://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/26238811/feds-allege-coaches-bribed-school-admission

    "The FBI and federal prosecutors have uncovered a massive bribery scheme to get students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes and help them cheat on college entrance exams to gain admission."

    Rich parents allegedly bribed coaches for college admission help. Parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million, and the coaches would list the kids as recruited athletes.

    This was orchestrated by an admissions consultant in California. Soccer coaches for women's teams involved were:

    Rudolph "Rudy" Meredith, former Yale women's soccer coach;
    Donna Heinel, USC senior associate athletic director;
    Ali Khosroshahin, former USC women's soccer coach;

    A Stanford sailing coach was also indicted.
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    Mental rich parents and greed on the other end...imagine the shenanigans going on in the competitive youth level w parents/DOC’s - everywhere
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    Dang, I've not visited this forum in a while.

    As the press continues to run with this story this morning, I heard the name of the central guy who was arrested in this scheme come up a few times in the news; the more I thought about it, the name kind of rang a bell. He had a company that specialized in getting kids into schools. Now I remember the guy has actually been a guest speaker at one of the local high dollar club's college nights. I saw him present for about an hour or so and he came off as very confident in how he would advise on how to get into the school of your choice. He also talked about a lot of his clients going on to their dream schools. From the way he talked, I thought he might be from New England, but I guess he also is Sacramento based.

    Anyway, I can't help but think he was just priming his pipeline with potential clients that had a lot of money to spend on little Johnny getting into college. During the speech, he talked about tweaking the applications in certain ways and how he read college applications for many colleges and what he looked for. He was so networked in, he was practically inviting people to contact him for assistance. He had to be there for the exposure to potential clients. If not, why wouldn't he seek out some of the rec clubs to speak at which would have more people (but less concentrated money).

    I will say that he did seem to have a lot of GREAT info and insight into the process. But, I remember thinking, how does this guy actually get these kids into the name brand colleges? I think we have the answer. Also, I will say I do not have any insight whether their were kickbacks to the soccer club for any leads that came from the event, but it makes me wonder....

    Anyway, those are some thoughts I had on this guy.
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    Glad to see your reactors again.

    Yes, dude was a Sacramento guy. And the scrubbing has already started.

    San Juan's web page about its 2018 college id camp as it stands today...scrubbed clean of Rick Singer's name:
    https://www.sanjuansoccer.org/news_...516.1793703331.1552512830-65642191.1552512830

    And the page that was up there as of a few weeks ago:
    https://webcache.googleusercontent....article/show/909311 &cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    Only difference between the 2? Bullet 3:
    "Saturday evening college seminar with Rick Singer of The Key"
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    Yes I wasn't going to name names but you have got the ones I had in mind. Now why would SJSC start the purge? I remember they had a video of him and posted it on their youtube channel (with verbal permission granted to ZN).
    It would be better for SJSC to just put a release out that stated what happened, they were unaware of what was going on, regret having him as a speaker, apologize and then encourage anyone affected or who became involved with him to contact the authorities. Instead, they appear to try to cover their tracks? Seems a little suspicious, but I admit I am just speculating. Plus probably not illegal to pay a soccer club for a business lead (err, recruit). It just looks bad.
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    https://uclabruins.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=5425

    I remember looking at this page a few years back and wondering what her story was. I hadn't heard of her. And Woodside Soccer Club? I know it exists, but I was surprised and was expecting she played for MVLA, Force, etc.

    Plus, her page looks nothing like the other players on the roster (scroll through other names on the pull-down bar). Other players refer to all their soccer experience, YNTs, favorite players. And she mentions horses?
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    Yep, it appears her daddy was indicted.
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    I'm pretty sure woodside soccer club wasn't created yet in 2012. It sure didn't have any HS aged teams during that period. I guess it makes sense now :)

    More names will continue to drop soon enough. Far from over
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    Yup - this is going deep & wide.
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    Finally, someone is standing up for the poor, upper middle class victims who were duped by this whole thing. Step aside MLK, "Cheese and Crackers" is the new face of social justice.

    https://nypost.com/2019/03/13/son-d...llege-admissions-scandal-while-smoking-blunt/

    “They’re blowing this whole thing out of proportion,” said Malcolm Abbott outside the home that overlooks the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “I believe everyone has a right to go to college, man.”

    In between drags, Malcolm, whose father is the founder of food and beverage distributor International Dispensing Corp., admitted, “I didn’t go to college.”

    The toker, who sports a ponytail and raps under the name “Billa,” then shamelessly plugged his music. “Check out my CD, ‘Cheese and Crackers,’ ” he said of his 2018 five-track record that includes a song titled “If I Lost My Money.”

    Later, Malcolm emerged with his brother, who groused to The Post on Tuesday his parents “got roped into [this by] some guy who f–king cheated them.”
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    She's the one that has me the most intrigued so far. No allegation against the head coach taking kickbacks - it sounds like this was a case of the MEN'S coach taking $$$ and facilitating the admission - but how does she actually get listed on the roster (even for one year) w/o the entire coaching staff knowing something was up? I hope no money changed hands but I'd imagine that someone or some few are consulting with counsel right about now.

    In some ways, this scheme is brilliant in its simplicity - set aside the test-takers, unless he was also falsifying academic credentials, this is a brilliant way to create (as he puts it) a side door that is somewhat guaranteed. Don't make the "athletes" too good to be scholarship level but good enough for a coach to say, "hey, she's really good. She's willing to pay full freight. And she just might help us" - unless admissions is going to do athletic diligence, they will accept that from the experts (the coaches). Coaches can then point to non-scholarship players who blossomed after getting the chance as a way to reinforce putting the "athlete" on "the list".

    And as brilliant as the scheme is, it sickens me. We all know too many kids who work their ASSES off with AP classes, test prep, all-nighters to finish a report. And there are the athletes who give up much of what "teen life" is in pursuit of their goals w/in their sport. And these f'ers who are willing to spend so much money . . . I mean, how many of these folks' kids are really going to struggle in life b/c of NOT going to Yale or USC or Stanford or UCLA? They may struggle for other reasons. The ones who will struggle? I guess it is the parents who stand around the cocktail party and can't brag about "dear daughter" at Yale . . .
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    Def a brilliant “side door” scam but does take away a possible “Roster Spot” player & student who has worked their ASSES off in their sport; getting bumped / denied from a rich parent. It’s shocking the amount of $$ involved to get their kids accepted so they could brag during cocktail hours. Some of the kids stated “They do not even like school…they want to party and attend sporting events”.

    On a smaller scale we see it here in GDA/ECNL…wealthy parents pay GDA/ECNL fees and their daughter gets accepted to a D1 college (scholarship or roster spot) and they could barely start for their HS soccer team. We know they will never see a min in college! Heard of GDA/ECNL players committed 2 years early already saying they will “Redshirt” their freshman year…?! Ummm, yes,a college will recruit you early knowing you will redshirt your freshman year; makes total sense. I’ve talk to college soccer parents who say “some girls seen some girls on the roster or some should not be here”…$$ talks
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    If you are carrying 30 players on your roster, and maybe an extra practice player or two, and you know many of them will never see the field, why not put in a good word for someone willing to pony up a hundred grand to you? Those last few players don't have to be much of anything but warm bodies--they barely even contribute during practices.
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    I was just talking to this about a friend a few days before the story broke. We know a silicon valley family who's daughter was an, okay, player but not recruited by one college-NOT ONE. Her parents own and are in control of a HUGE restaurant chain and gets to say where the chain restaurants are placed here in the Bay Area. Well, she apparently got a roster spot at a local University...the difference is that she actually plays soccer for a DA club but the fact that she is going to this particular school is shocking since, well they're pretty darn good.

    On the other side, we have a university head coach that trains kids and has been getting money to train these players (over 100 dollars an hour). These players are marginal, mid-major at best. Well from ONE club alone, they have 4-5 kids going to this university. One is amazing, the other is good, but the other 2-3 are nowhere close to being D1 athletes. How did they get into this prestigious institution Roster spot player? Were parents actually paying for training or paying for a roster spot?

    I always thought that the goal of collegiate athletics was to get the BEST players in and win games. But as we see in the news, it's a lot about money. Money is the root of all evil.
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    Things like this went on for a long time. It's just that most people weren't aware of it.
    Just wait until this spreads over to other special admission categories such as music, art, and legacy.

    There are lots of families paying tens of thousands to find the little edge.
    There are academic counselors who guide kids course selection and extracurricular activities starting 6th grade.

    I once heard that if you can afford to buy your own harp, it's a college admission guarantee because a good one is so expensive.
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    Isn’t all of that a conflict of interest? Many thorns committed to Santa Clara U as their assistant coach was coaching some Force/Thorns age groups / Cal Berk Head coach coaching Mustang... Find it funny these two big institutions recruit 10miles and they have the entire world!
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