FILE - In this April 3, 2019 file photo, TobyMacFarlane departs federal court in Boston after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Authorities said Tuesday, April 23, that MacFarlane, a former senior executive at a title insurance company, will plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and cooperate with federal authorities in the case. (AP Photos/Michael Dwyer, File)

Ex-UT at Austin coach admits to taking bribe in college scam

April 24, 2019 - 4:23 pm
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BOSTON (AP) — The former men's tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin has pleaded guilty to accepting a $100,000 bribe in the widespread college admissions bribery scandal and will cooperate with authorities.

Michael Center pleaded guilty in Boston federal court on Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen also revealed that Center has agreed to assist authorities with their investigation.

Center is the third coach to plead guilty in what authorities call the biggest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department.

Authorities say Center received $40,000 in donations for the school's tennis program and $60,000 in cash for himself.

Former coaches at Yale and Stanford have already pleaded guilty. More than a dozen prominent parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, are scheduled to plead guilty at a later date.

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