Day 1 of the College Admissions Bribery Scandal


Knowing where to start unraveling the college admissions bribery scandal after Day 1 is a challenge. But the headlines give us a good start in learning what happened in the latest list of ethical failings in athletics and where the case may be heading:

  • College Admissions Scandal: Actresses, Business Leaders, and Other Wealthy Parents Charged (The New York Times)

  • DROWNING IN CORRUPTION (Los Angeles Times)

  • FBI accuses wealthy parents, including celebrities, in college-entrance bribery scheme (The Washington Post)

  • How college prep scandal mastermind bribed coaches for his admissions scheme (New York Post)

  • Elite-College Admissions Are Broken (The Atlantic)

  • How I Would Cover the College-Admissions Scandal as a Foreign Correspondent (The New Yorker)

  • The idea that the system is rigged feels so real (Los Angeles Times)

  • College Sports Are Affirmative Action for Rich White Students (The Atlantic)

  • Wealthy parents cheated admissions (Los Angeles Times)

  • College Admissions Scam Involved Photo-shopping Rich Kids Heads Onto Athletes’ Bodies (New York Magazine)

  • College admissions, rigged for the rich (Los Angeles Times)

  • Actors, Coaches, CEOs, Among 50 People Charged in College Admissions, Recruiting Bribery Scheme (Sports Illustrated)

  • The big business of getting accepted (Los Angeles Times)

  • Every Coach Charged in the FBI’s College Admissions Recruiting, Bribery Scandal (Sports Illustrated)

  • Why the College-Admissions Scandal Is So Absurd (The Atlantic)

  • Unqualified students allegedly admitted via a ‘side door’ (Los Angeles Times)

  • Calif. parent set for Boston court, is said to have paid college bribes (The Boston Globe)

  • University of San Diego, local families caught up in college admissions scandal (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

These are just a few of the headlines from Day 1. The case names celebrities (one of which has already appeared in handcuffs), corporate executives, investment bankers, business owners, top-tier lawyers, and even a best-selling author of parenting books, along with coaches, athletic department administrators, and a private foundation founder ( the scam’s mastermind who has already pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with federal authorities), among others.

The New York Times has described the case as the Justice Department’s “largest ever college admissions prosecution, a sprawling investigation that involved 200 agents nationwide…”

The FBI and the IRS are continuing their investigations with the Justice Department spokesman saying more charges are possible. Stay tuned.


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