Bribed coaches were far from the top, but had keys to campus


    Texas men's tennis coach Michael Center walks with Defense lawyer Dan Cogdell away from the United States Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, March 12. (Ricardo B. Brazziell

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The coaches charged in the sprawling college-admissions bribery scandal were far from the tops of the sports world.

    They coached lower-tier sports like tennis, volleyball, sailing and crew. They made millions less than basketball or football coaches. And some were not very successful.

    Texas men's tennis coach Michael Center, center left, walks with Defense lawyer Dan Cogdell, center right, away from the United States Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, March 12. (Ricardo B. Brazziell

    And yet, they all had something of great value to wealthy parents — they held the keys to get into some of the most exclusive colleges in America.

    That's because coaches are allotted a certain number of slots for special admission for athletes who might not meet the usual academic standards. And generally, when coaches make their pitch for certain students to the admissions office, they get their way.

    In a September 2016 photo, Yale's women's Head Soccer Coach Rudy Meredith gives a high five to a player after making a great play in a scrimmage, in Frankfort, Ky. According to the federal indictments unsealed Tuesday, March 12. (Doug Engle/Star-Banner via AP)

    The scandal erupted this week when dozens of rich parents were charged with bribing coaches and others to get their children into schools like Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and UCLA.

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