New evidence has come to light about the large-scale college entrance exam cheating scheme. While actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are the biggest names involved in the scheme, the names of the college coaches involved in the scheme have been revealed to the public.
According to the Boston Herald’s reporter Aaron Leibowitz, UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo, Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith and Georgetown men’s tennis coach Gordon Ernst are just three of the names involved in the scheme.
Meredith and Ernst both resigned from their head coach positions in 2018, but the former Georgetown coach was hired to be the tennis coach at Rhode Island in August 2018. Salcedo is still the head coach at UCLA, where he played for the Bruins back in the 1990s. The former United States Men’s National Team defender played for three different MLS clubs from 1995-2000 and has been a part of the UCLA staff since 2001.
Among coaches indicted (some current, some former): Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer, Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith, Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst, several USC coaches, UCLA men's soccer coach Jorge Salcedo, Texas men's tennis coach Michael Center.
— Aaron Leibowitz (@aaron_leib) March 12, 2019
Pac-12 rival USC has multiple coaches involved in the scheme, while Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer was also mentioned in the scheme. The University of Texas, Yale, Georgetown and Wake Forest are some of the other colleges that have coaches involved in the scandal.
Some coaches, like Meredith and Ernst, are no longer with the program.
The charges these coaches are facing vary from person to person, according to the United States Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts. The majority of the coaches, like Vandemoer and Salcedo, are facing conspiracy to commit racketeering charges. Meredith is facing charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services mail fraud, similar to the charges that Loughlin and Huffman are facing.
While the coaches are all involved in the same scheme, their charges appear in different U.S. District Courts because of their school’s locations. The status of the coaches still at their current colleges is yet to be determined and is something that will have to be monitored closely over the next couple of weeks.