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College admissions scandal proof that there are some things money can’t buy
Dick Yarbrough
In a massive college admission scandal the FBI is calling Operation Varsity Blues, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts has released documents revealing that some rich and influential parents have paid huge sums of money — huge to you and me but evidently chicken-feed to them — to get their children into elite schools, allegedly as much as $6 million. In lay terms, we call them bribes. So far 50 of the rich-and-famous, aided and abetted by college coaches and crooked standardized test administrators reportedly took part in the scheme to cheat on SAT and ACT tests and to admit students as faux-athletes to at least eight universities named in the federal indictment and criminal complaint, including Yale, Stanford, USC, UCLA and Wake Forest, among others. Coaches at these universities are accused of taking bribes and admitting the rich kids as athletes in sports for which they had no skills — rowing, tennis, volleyball, men and women’s soccer and water polo.