Over the last few days, we’ve started to see some fallout from the massive college bribery scandal brought into light by the FBI. The story features a number of celebrities and their kids, as well as prestigious universities.
In many cases, coaches and administrators were being bribed to help get students, who would not otherwise qualify for the school, in via athletics. Many of those students had little experience in the sports for which they were being passed off as recruits.
Among the major schools involved is Texas. The Longhorns have already fired a head coach in connection to this bribery scandal.
Texas Longhorns tennis coach Michael Center was fired a day after being charged with fraud by the FBI.
Per the FBI documents, Center took $100,000 to help a non-tennis player from California gain entrance to the University of Texas by passing him off as a tennis recruit.
Athletic director Chris Del Conte announced Center’s dismissal on Wednesday. From KVUE:
“After working with campus leaders to review the recent situation with Michael Center, we have decided to relieve him of his duties as our men’s tennis coach,” said Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte.
“It’s a very difficult decision, and we are grateful for the years of service that he has provided, but winning with integrity will always be paramount at the University of Texas, and it was a decision that had to be made.”
Center was dismissed on $50,000 bond on Tuesday. He spent 18 years as tennis coach at Texas.