AUSTIN (AP/ KXAN) — Former men’s tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin, Michael Center, pleaded guilty in connection with the college admissions bribery scandal.
At 2:15 p.m., Center pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court in Boston Wednesday. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30.
News broke earlier this month that Center had agreed to plead guilty. He was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in the national college admissions scheme that revealed some rich parents were paying to fraudulently get their children admission into elite colleges without meeting the requirements.
Center was charged with accepting $100,000 to help an applicant get admitted to the school as a tennis recruit even though the student didn’t play the sport. Authorities say $60,000 of that was given to Center in cash during a meeting in a hotel parking lot.
After the scandal broke, University officials fired Center on March 13 after 18 seasons with the program.
Center was among dozens of coaches, prominent parents and others arrested last month in the nationwide admissions scam. Former coaches at Yale and Stanford have already pleaded guilty. Fourteen parents have agreed to plead guilty.
Since the scandal broke, several students, including a student who was not given admission at UT, are suing the elite universities.