The confessed ringleader of the largest college bribery scandal in history tried to recruit seven Stanford University coaches between 2009 and 2019 as part of his scheme to get students admitted to the elite school, the university announced on Tuesday.
Of those seven, only one coach at Stanford agreed to participate in William “Rick” Singer’s scheme, accepting bribes in exchange for endorsing applicants, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said in a letter to the university community. Tessier-Lavigne’s letter included a summary of an external review of the university’s policies and practices in the wake of the nationwide scandal, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” by the FBI.
Former Stanford head sailing coach John Vandemoer, who was fired in March, was sentenced in June to two years of supervised release and six months of home detention after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy. Vandemoer admitted that he accepted $610,000 in payments to facilitate the admission of students as sailing recruits to Stanford, and he was the first defendant to be punished in the scandal. Vandemoer was given a lenient sentence, in part, because the money he received went to the sailing program instead of his own bank account.
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