Operation Varsity Blues: “Who knew”?

The investigation into a nationwide college admissions scandal  — code named Operation Varsity Blues — was revealed Tuesday morning.

The details in this are mind boggling:

—”Parents allegedly paid to have photos of their children edited onto the bodies of pole vaulters or water polo players to get them recruited as athletes, often dissing their kids’ athletic abilities along the way.”

—”When a parent suggested a $160,000 donation could secure a spot on Stanford University’s sailing team, a cooperating witness running the scheme scoffed, saying, “that’s not all it takes. This is not TJ Maxx or Marshall’s.”

—”The Yale University women’s soccer coach allegedly knew a recruit didn’t even play soccer, but was paid $1.2 million and let her on the team anyway.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

5 thoughts on “Operation Varsity Blues: “Who knew”?”

  1. “MISS (from McAteer): To the college bribery scandal. The centerpiece of the scam, Rick Singer, came to Bear River in 2008 to a packed auditorium to discuss college entrance strategies. He was a superb speaker and provided valuable insights under his company name — “Rising Stars.” Now a fallen star, it’s a shame money drove him to the dark side.” https://www.theunion.com/opinion/hits-misses-in-nevada-county-first-hungry-games-a-hit/

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