Former UT tennis coach Michael Center to plead guilty in admissions scandal


EDITOR’S NOTE: The previous version of this story was incorrect as to the timing of Michael Center’s guilty plea. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts, Michael Center has agreed to plead guilty. Center has not entered a plea in the case. 

BOSTON (KXAN) — Former University of Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center agreed to plead guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Center was arrested in the FBI’s massive college admissions sweep that implicated celebrities and powerful people across the country.

Center was accused of accepting payments amounting to nearly $100,000 in exchange for enrolling a student on the UT tennis team that wasn’t qualified for acceptance at the university.

Center was fired by Texas March 13 following the indictment after 18 seasons with the program. Athletic Director Chris Del Conte removed Center from his post, citing integrity issues.

The scandal prompted the university to conduct its own investigation into its policies to prevent a similar situation from occurring in the future.

UT’s Vice President for Legal Affairs Jim Davis is leading the review.

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