Scandal Rocks USC
How many internal investigations does USC have going right now? I've lost count.
The athletic dept. is at the center of the college admissions bribery scandal as senior associate athletic Donna Heinel reportedly received more than $1.3 million in bribe payments to fabricate athletic credentials for prospective students.
Heinel, men's and women's water polo coach Jovan Vavic and former women's soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin have been indicted.
Heinel was in charge of admissions for the athletic dept. and wielded a lot of power because she was the go-to person whenever there was a special case.
Here is the statement from USC president Wanda Austin:
"The federal government has alleged that USC is a victim in a scheme perpetrated against the university by a long-time athletics department employee, one current coach and three former coaching staff, who were allegedly involved in a college admissions scheme and have been charged by the government on multiple charges.
"At this time, we have no reason to believe that Admissions employees or senior administrators were aware of the scheme or took part in any wrongdoing—and we believe the government concurs in that assessment."
USC is a victim?!?!
One more investigation and scandal!
Here's the story.
I can't tell you how many USC coaches are amused over today's news. Heinel was not a popular figure within the athletic dept.
A USC administrator tells me Jovan Vavic makes somewhere in the neighborhood $300,000-400,000 per year. So he could make a pretty good living without taking bribes.
Wake Forest women's volleyball coach Bill Ferguson, who used to be the USC men's volleyball coach, was also indicted. Wake Forest placed Ferguson on administrative leave. USC has not done anything with Vavic yet.
Did someone pull Lynn Swann off the golf course?
Things are so wild that there was a rumor today a coach got arrested at the swimming pool.