Bill Ferguson, the head women’s volleyball coach at Wake Forest, is facing charges stemming from the national academic scandal brought to light by the US Department of Justice as part of alleged cheating involving the college admission process.
Ferguson is one of 50 defendants named overall, and one of nine coaches and sports administrators indicted. Others include Rudolph “Rudy” Meredith, former Yale women’s soccer coach; Donna Heinel, USC associate athletic director; Ali Khosroshahin, former USC women’s soccer coach; Jovan Vavic, USC women’s water polo coach; John Vandemoer, Stanford sailing coach; and Gordie Ernst, former men’s and women’s tennis coach at Georgetown.
Wake Forest released a statement on the matter:
According to the Wall State Journal, “Prosecutors said the operation involved paying admissions-test administrators to help the students raise their test scores, by either having someone else take the test, or correcting their answers before they were submitted. Prosecutors also said some of the people conspired to bribe varsity coaches and administrators at elite campuses to admit their children as recruited athletes.”
From the Winston-Salem Journal, “According to the more than 230-page indictment, Ferguson is accused of accepting $100,000 from William Rick Singer — who prosecutors say bribed college coaches and insiders at testing centers to help get the children into some of the most elite schools in the country — to help the daughter of a Singer client get into Wake Forest after she had been put on a wait list. It is not clear whether the student associated with Singer and Ferguson is enrolled at the university or if her parents have been charged in the case.”
This is an ongoing story. We’ll update as more information becomes available.