In what seems to be a monthly occurrence at this point, the FBI has uncovered yet another scandal in the world of college athletics.
This time, however, the large-scale scheme involves cheating on college entrance exams, ultimately helping students get admitted to elite universities.
According to the report by NBC News, the scandal involved students being recruited to schools as athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities, ultimately lowering the bar for incoming students to get into prestigious schools.
The schools involved? Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, San Diego, USC, Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale, according to federal prosectors.
As of right now, at least 49 individuals have been indicted as a result of the nationwide admissions cheating and recruiting scheme.
And yes, some of those individuals are current and former Division-1 coaches including: 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, and Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center.
BREAKING: The US Attorney in Boston has unsealed indictments against at least 47 people in a nationwide college admissions cheating and recruitment scheme, including current and former D-1 coaches at Yale, Georgetown, USC, Wake Forest and Texas.
— Aaron Leibowitz (@aaron_leib) March 12, 2019
According to the same report, actresses Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives and Lori Loughlin of Full House (c’mon, Aunt Becky) are also involved, with each being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
BREAKING / NBC NEWS: Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are two of over 40 people charged in the college exam scheme, according to court documents.
They are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. https://t.co/vLfjUuOpHA
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) March 12, 2019
According to the report, Loughlin and her husband “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
The bribes reportedly ranged from a few thousand dollars to up to $6 million.
There is a press conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET, where more details of the scandal, including more names involved, are expected to be announced.