Athletics staff involved in bribery scandal

first_imgMen’s and women’s water polo head coach Jovan Vavic was indicted March 12 for his alleged role in the bribery scandal. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) Along with cooperating with the government’s investigation, the University said it will be implementing new procedures to ensure that such a scam does not occur again. In the athletics department multiple administrators will be in charge of athlete admission information going forward. Vavic had worked with the women’s water polo program since it was established in 1995. The men’s and women’s teams won a combined 16 national championships under his leadership. “When there’s trust that this one person is doing the right thing, which [Heinel] had been doing for years, there’s not a problem,” Swann told the Times. “We will work with the administration, admissions, sports administrators, recruiters and scouts so there are more eyeballs on this.” “I think everybody was blindsided by this,” Swann told the Los Angeles Times Friday. “[Heinel and Vavic] are people that have been here a long time, and people who had been here during difficult times and had seen bad things done and knew better.” Swann declined to comment on the admissions scheme. Interim women’s water polo coach Casey Moon also did not comment on the investigation.center_img Athletic Director Lynn Swann, who denies having had any knowledge of the alleged illegal activity taking place within the department, has insisted he will not be stepping down from his job. Some have called for Swann’s resignation and firing for allegedly allowing such bribery and high-scale corruption to take place under his watch. Heinel was the sole person in charge of submitting athletes’ academic records to USC’s Office of Admissions and subsequently returning admission information to coaches. Because her power went unchecked, Heinel could add the names of fake athletes to a list given to her by a particular coach, and remove that name before returning correspondence to the coach after it was sent to admissions the FBI investigation alleged. Swann said that the alleged illicit behavior in his department went unnoticed due to faults in the system athletics officials used to correspond with the admissions office. Following last Tuesday’s exposure of an alleged college admissions bribery scheme in which parents allegedly paid to have their children falsely admitted as student athletes at USC and other universities, the University has terminated senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and water polo head coach Jovan Vavic. Both Heinel and Vavic worked for USC Athletics for over a decade.last_img read more

Opare still has Real Madrid ambitions

first_imgDaniel Opare has revealed he still has ambitions to play for Real Madrid in future even though he has called the decision to move from the Bernabeu one of the best of his career.Opare, considered one of the best young Ghanaian players, barley figured at Madrid even in the reserve team. But a move to Standard Liege in Belgium has breathed new life into his career.He earned a recall into the Black Stars after three years of no show and has been playing regularly this season.“I don’t regret going to Madrid because it is a huge club, trained with some of the best players in the world and the exposure was vital for me”, he told Oti Adjei Report, set to debut on TV 3 in the coming weeks.“At a point in my career however I knew I needed to play regularly and Liege has given me that opportunity. Making the move was one of the best decisions I took but I know one day I will play for Madrid again. I know that.”Opare is keen to make the most of his new lease of life. “I don’t want to look back again but I feel new and I am confident things will go fine now. I Wang to be playing regularly, I want to be a member of the national team for as long as possible and I will put in all the hard work required to get there” Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more